Aquatic Biologist Salary

An average Aquatic Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. There are more male Aquatic Biologists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$33,134 - $84,430
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$84K
MEDIAN: $44,904
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$11.96 - $25.23
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$12
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,134 - $84,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$30,919 - $81,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$30,919 - $81,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Aquatic Biologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $38K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aquatic Biologists make a median salary of $55K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $72K on average.

Aquatic Biologist Reviews

What is it like working as an Aquatic Biologist?

Aquatic Biologist in Worcester:
"Ecology Haven."
Pros: I truly enjoy understanding wetland habitats and doing what I can to improve them from the poor/healthy state that I found them in. If I can restore a habitat back to its natural form, then I have succeeded in my work.
Cons: Office Work.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 65%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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