Biologist Salary

A Biologist earns an average salary of $49,923 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 Research Analysis. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$33,014 - $86,589
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,922
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50%
90%

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$12.91 - $33.86
(Median)
$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,014 - $86,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,641  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $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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$31,035 - $81,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 499
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $33.86  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $41.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,641  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $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).
)
$31,035 - $81,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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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Technical Writing
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Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 10%
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