Aquatic Biologist Salary

Aquatic Biologists in the United States take home approximately $47K per year on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Aquatic Biologists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,944 - $78,350
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$78K
MEDIAN: $46,768
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$13.82 - $25.31
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$14
$20
$25
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,944 - $78,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,655  
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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$33,106 - $76,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,655  
   
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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$33,106 - $76,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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Job Description for Aquatic Biologist

  • 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


Professional skills reported by Aquatic Biologists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $40K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $46K. On average, Aquatic Biologists make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $72K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 10%