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Biologist Salary

An average Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Cash earnings for Biologists — including $6K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $81K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Biologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Most Biologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,270 - $86,849
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,861
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$12.85 - $33.91
(Median)
$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,270 - $86,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,556  
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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$31,060 - $81,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $33.91  
   
Overtime
$19.26 - $41.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,556  
   
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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$31,060 - $81,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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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Popular Skills for Biologist


Biologists seem to require a number of specific 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, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, 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.


Biologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Biologists make a median 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
up arrow 27%




Technical Writing
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Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

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