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Biologist Salary (United States)

Median pay for Biologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Biologists approaches anywhere from $31K on the lower end to $78K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Biologists (50 percent) survey respondents. Men make up a slight majority of Biologists (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Biologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Biologist Salary (?
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$33,247 - $82,379
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MEDIAN: $50,009
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Biologist Salary (?
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$12.25 - $33.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,247 - $82,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,518  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,258  
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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$30,801 - $77,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $33.94  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $41.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,518  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,258  
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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$30,801 - $77,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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.

Common Career Paths for Biologist

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Biologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Environmental Project Manager. The average Environmental Project Manager bring home $64K per year. Biologists most frequently advance into Environmental Scientist and Aquatic Biologist roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Biologist

Biologists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Research Analysis, Technical Writing, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Technical Writing and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Biologists. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $82K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Anchorage
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National Average
$49,000
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biologists, 37 percent above the national average. Biologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), Bethesda (+29 percent), Anchorage (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Chicago (16 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

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Technical Writing
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National Average
$49,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
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%