Department of Health and Human Services - Federal Departments

Year Founded:
$879B / year
Employee Expense:
$8.08B in 2015

The Federal Government is broken down into fifteen departments, each of which consists of a number of sub-departments and organizational groups tasked with accomplishing the Department's overall goals.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services works to provide the foundation necessary for all Americans to lead healthy, safe, and productive lives. HHS is tasked to protect the health of all Americans by providing human services to those most in need. HHSs provides Americans with access to healthcare, affordable childcare, and job finding assistance. HHS ensures the safety of Americans food supply and works to control the spread of disease.

The Department of Health and Human Services directs the Food and Drug Administration which primarily focuses on approving in products are safe enough for the Aamerican public.

Who does the Department of Health and Human Services hire?

Jobs within the HHS range from doctors, pharmacists and chemists who make critical decisions about the safety of our nations food and medicine research the latest infectious diseases and treatments to social service workers who strive to distribute Social Security Benefits as effectively as possible and ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

In 2015, the most common occupation employed by the Department of Health and Human Services was Consumer Safety at 2,929 employees. The second largest occupation was General Health Science with 2,838 employees.

HHSs headquarters is located in Washington D.C. and has 10 other offices throughout the country. These satellite offices are located in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle.

History of the Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services was created as part of the Reorganization Act of 1939. The Reformation Act created a two year period of widespread change within the federal government. During this two-year period the President was granted permission to create, remove and change positions within the executive branch within certain limits and under legislative veto.

One of President Roosevelt's restructuring changes was to consolidate the Office of the Administrator, Public Health Service, Office of Education, Civilian Conservation Corps and the Social Security Board into a single Cabinet-level Department. This new department became known as the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Health and Human Services has changed and adapted over time. Agencies dealing with education have been moved to the Department of Education. Today HHS administers several well know agencies that affect the lives of Americans every day. Some of the agencies within HHS include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administration for Children and Families.

Originally named Health, Education, and Welfare; Education later separated

Average Pay of an Employee in the Department of Health and Human Services

Year Average Pay
2004 $78190.27
2005 $83862.16
2006 $82114.79
2007 $83637.60
2008 $87786.81
2009 $91933.46
2010 $94312.65
2011 $95266.00
2012 $95709.36
2013 $96844.60
2014 $98758.54
2015 $99838.36

Agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (2015)

Agency Employee Count Total Salary Expense Average Pay
National Institutes of Health 18,751 $1.98B $105,658
Food and Drug Administration 17,883 $1.98B $110,714
Indian Health Service 13,381 $839.8M $62,775
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 12,222 $927M $76,021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10,425 $1.03B $99,172
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 6,033 $634.5M $105,224
Health Resources and Services Administration 1,928 $200.89M $104,740
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 1,557 $160.14M $102,854
Administration for Children and Families 1,284 $130.74M $101,821
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 630 $63.37M $100,914
Program Support Center 472 $46.13M $97,725
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 312 $36.61M $118,490
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 237 $25.44M $107,327
Administration for Community Living 213 $22.22M $104,303

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

Federal employee salaries are public information under open government laws (5 U.S.C. § 552). FederalPay provides this data in the interest of government transparency — employee data may not be used for commercial soliciting or vending of any kind. Learn more about the FederalPay Employees Dataset here.

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