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Aquatic Biologist Salary

For Aquatic Biologists, annual average wages total $45K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Aquatic Biologists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two in five. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$32,298 - $80,267
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MEDIAN: $45,402
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$13.13 - $25.36
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,298 - $80,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,655  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,500  
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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$32,256 - $78,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $25.36  
   
Overtime
$8.30 - $54.30  
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 - $6,655  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,500  
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).
)
$32,256 - $78,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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


Aquatic Biologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. People who know Microsoft Office usually also know Project Management. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word and 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $39K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $47K. On average, Aquatic Biologists make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Aquatic Biologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $72K.

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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 12%