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Aquatic Biologist Salary

Aquatic Biologists in the United States take home approximately $45K per year on average. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male Aquatic Biologists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$33,943 - $80,811
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$81K
MEDIAN: $45,190
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$13.95 - $25.26
(Median)
$14
$20
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,943 - $80,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,695  
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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$33,243 - $78,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,695  
   
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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$33,243 - $78,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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 takers who work as Aquatic Biologists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

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


Aquatic Biologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During the first five years of their careers, Aquatic Biologists see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aquatic Biologists make a median salary of $55K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $72K.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 10%
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