Biologist Salary

For Biologists, annual average wages total $50K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Biologists can bottom out near $31K or peak near $81K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Biologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Biologists (50 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,014 - $86,589
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,922
10%
50%
90%

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$12.91 - $33.86
(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
$33,014 - $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).
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$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.

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. A lot of Biologists advance their careers by becoming Environmental Scientists and Aquatic Biologists. However, those positions offer $2K less and $5K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Biologist


Survey results suggest that Biologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Project Management and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

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


For many Biologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. For Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $86K on average.

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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
up arrow 4%

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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