Biologist Salary (United States)

A Biologist earns an average salary of $49,746 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Biologist Salary (?
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$33,918 - $82,780
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MEDIAN: $49,746
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Biologist Salary (?
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$12.28 - $34.37
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,918 - $82,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,121  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,214  
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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$31,284 - $77,563  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $34.37  
   
Overtime
$21.84 - $42.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,214  
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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$31,284 - $77,563  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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Job Description for Biologist

Biologists analyze living organisms, and they may work in a number of settings. For example, they may work at a university conducting research or they might conduct research to aid with a company's industrial efforts. This work is generally indoors in a laboratory setting, although field work may be required for tasks such as mapping land, gathering samples from the land and water, and assisting with surveying. Travel is sometimes be required to monitor sites away from the office. Research projects and presentations may also require leaving for a week or so at a time.
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Biologist Tasks
  • Inform public, state, and federal representatives and agencies of test results.
  • Determine environmental effects of land and water use.
  • Conduct and analyze plant and animal biological data about relationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Prepare environmental impact reports.

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Pay Difference By Location

Bethesda
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New York
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San Diego
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Anchorage
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San Francisco
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National Average
$49,000
Sacramento
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Minneapolis
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Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Technical Analysis
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$49,000
Data Analysis
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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 9%
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