Compensation and Benefits

New CDC chief Robert Redfield Jr. is earning $375K, nearly double predecessors' pay

New CDC chief Robert Redfield Jr. is earning $375K, nearly double predecessors' pay

The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed.

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., 66, has long career as a top HIV researcher, but he had no experience working in public health or managing a public health agency. The U.S. government is paying him $375,000 a year to run the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's nearly twice the annual compensation given to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who had the job for six months before resigning in January. Her annual pay rate was $197,300.

Redfield is also making at least $150,000 more a year...

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