A Biologist earns an average salary of $52,687 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Technical Writing. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$33,359 - $96,906
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$33K
$53K
$97K
MEDIAN: $52,686
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$12.76 - $31.54
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,359 - $96,906  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
Total Pay (?
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$31,162 - $91,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $31.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$35.00  
Overtime
$17.22 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$300.00 - $9,759  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
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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$31,162 - $91,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
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Data Analysis
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Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$49,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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