Aquatic Biologist Salary

Aquatic Biologists in the United States can expect wages of $45K annually on average. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two in five. For the most part, Aquatic Biologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Aquatic Biologists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,807 - $83,043
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$34K
$45K
$83K
MEDIAN: $44,623
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$14.06 - $25.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,807 - $83,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,760  
Total Pay (?
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$33,220 - $81,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $25.77  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,760  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,220 - $81,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Aquatic Biologist

An aquatic biologist primarily studies the ecology and behaviors of living organisms, such as plants, animals, and microbes. The organisms are usually found in freshwater sources, including lakes, rivers, marshes, and wetlands. Aquatic biologists also study the composition of the water itself, as well as the effects of various conditions on aquatic life.

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Aquatic Biologist Tasks

  • May specialize in environmental cleanups, marine conservation or the rehabilitation of injured marine animals.
  • Conduct scientific experiments on-site and / or in a lab.
  • Study the behavior, genetics, origins and diseases of marine wildlife.
  • Observe and analyze data pertaining to marine life.

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Popular Skills for Aquatic Biologist


Survey results show that Aquatic Biologists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Aquatic Biologists. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $40K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aquatic Biologists make a median salary of $57K. Aquatic Biologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $72K.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 13%
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