Biologist Salary

An average Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Biologists ranges from $31K on the lower end to $81K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level 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. Male Biologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$33,129 - $87,250
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $50,037
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$12.88 - $33.60
(Median)
$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,129 - $87,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,987  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,214  
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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$31,018 - $81,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $33.60  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $41.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $6,214  
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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$31,018 - $81,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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 $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Biologist


Survey results suggest that Biologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Lucky workers who know Molecular Biology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Project Management and Research Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 31 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $52K on average. For Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%