Aquatic Biologist Salary

Median pay for Aquatic Biologists in the United States is around $45K annually. Male Aquatic Biologists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Most Aquatic Biologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,807 - $83,043
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$83K
MEDIAN: $44,623
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$13.95 - $25.77
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$26
MEDIAN: $20
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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 (?
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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$33,167 - $81,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $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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$33,167 - $81,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Aquatic Biologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel 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.


For many Aquatic Biologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. For Aquatic Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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
39%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 13%
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