Biologist Salary

Median pay for Biologists in the United States is around $50K per year. Final cash compensation to Biologists varies from around $31K to approximately $81K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Biologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Men make up a slight majority of Biologists (50 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,055 - $85,783
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$86K
MEDIAN: $50,011
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$12.60 - $33.84
(Median)
$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,055 - $85,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
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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$30,985 - $80,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $33.84  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $41.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
   
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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$30,985 - $80,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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At the upper end, Biologists who move into an Environmental Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Environmental Project Managers is a much higher $64K per year. Many Biologists advance into roles as Environmental Scientists or Aquatic Biologists, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Biologist


Biologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know Project Management and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Biologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $52K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. Biologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $85K.

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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
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Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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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