Biologist Salary

Biologists in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Cash earnings for Biologists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $84K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,579 - $89,860
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$90K
MEDIAN: $50,175
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$12.69 - $32.57
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,579 - $89,860  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $3,041  
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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$31,257 - $83,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 604
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $32.57  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $41.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $3,041  
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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$31,257 - $83,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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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While Biologists do not often become Environmental Project Managers, the job pays $64K per year on average. 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


Survey results show that Biologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Molecular Biology, Project Management, Technical Analysis, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $52K. On average, Biologists make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $86K.

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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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Data Analysis
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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 122 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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