A Biologist earns an average salary of $49,096 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. A skill in Technical Analysis is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Biologist Total Pay (?
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$32,393 - $81,536
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MEDIAN: $49,095
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Biologist Total Pay (?
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$12.15 - $34.55
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,393 - $81,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,054  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,166  
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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$30,819 - $77,357  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 578
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $34.55  
   
Overtime
$18.18 - $40.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,166  
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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$30,819 - $77,357  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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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 by Experience Level for Biologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Diego
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New York
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San Francisco
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National Average
$48,000
Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Technical Analysis
up arrow 46%
Environmental Consulting
up arrow 9%
Research Analysis
up arrow 8%
Technical Writing
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National Average
$48,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 138 votes.
Gender
Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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