Aquatic Biologist Salary

Aquatic Biologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K annually. For the most part, Aquatic Biologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$31,092 - $76,457
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$44K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,300
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$9.07 - $31.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,092 - $76,457  
   
Bonus
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$30,077 - $74,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$22.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$30,077 - $74,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

Pay by Experience for an Aquatic Biologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Aquatic Biologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 50 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aquatic Biologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Aquatic Biologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 9 salaries. An Aquatic Biologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 5 salaries.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Aquatic Biologist

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲71%

Experienced
▲58%

▲11%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
▲25%

Microsoft Word
▲13%

National Average
$40,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 10%
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