Biologist Salary

Biologists in the United States take home approximately $50K annually on average. In the world of Biologists, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $82K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $6K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 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. Work is enjoyable for Biologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,109 - $86,938

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$12.72 - $34.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,109 - $86,938  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
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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$31,085 - $81,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $34.01  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $41.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,425  
   
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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$31,085 - $81,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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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For Biologists, progressing to an Environmental Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Environmental Project Manager can earn $64K annually. 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 imply that Biologists put a diverse skill set to use. 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 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Data Analysis also know 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $41K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $52K. Biologists see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Biologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $85K.

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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
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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 108 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
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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