Biologist Salary

Median pay for Biologists in the United States is around $53K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biologists. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,839 - $95,473
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$53K
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MEDIAN: $52,579
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$13.04 - $32.83
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MEDIAN: $19.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$33,839 - $95,473  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,609  
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
Total Pay (?
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$31,827 - $90,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $32.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$35.00  
Overtime
$17.37 - $42.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,609  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
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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$31,827 - $90,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 149

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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

  • Conduct and analyze plant and animal biological data about relationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Prepare environmental impact reports.
  • Inform public, state, and federal representatives and agencies of test results.
  • Determine environmental effects of land and water use.

Common Career Paths for Biologist


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Though some Biologists move into positions like Environmental Project Manager (where the average salary is $64K), this progression is not the norm. A more common career path for Biologists is stepping into the role of Environmental Scientist or Wildlife Biologist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Biologist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers the most; Biologists earn $97K on average there.

Popular Skills for Biologist


Biologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 19 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $52K on average. Biologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $92K.

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Key Stats for Biologist

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

▲85%

▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
▲34%






Environmental Consulting
▲1%

National Average
$50,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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