Median pay for Aquatic Biologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $43K annually. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Women Aquatic Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,604 - $75,930
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MEDIAN: $42,711
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,604 - $75,930  
   
Bonus
$2,800  
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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$30,365 - $74,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$21.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$2,800  
   
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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$30,365 - $74,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Aquatic Biologist

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


Aquatic Biologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $35K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $45K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Aquatic Biologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

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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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Experience Affects Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 80%

Experienced
up arrow 57%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Aquatic Biologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 26%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

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
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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