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Biologist Salary

Biologists in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Biologists can bottom out near $31K or peak near $81K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Women make up a slight majority of Biologists (50 percent) survey respondents. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biologists making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,129 - $87,250
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $49,802
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$12.82 - $33.66
(Median)
$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,129 - $87,250  
   
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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$30,936 - $80,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $33.66  
   
Overtime
$21.14 - $41.26  
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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$30,936 - $80,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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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Biologists may progress into high-paying roles like Environmental Project Manager, where median compensation is $64K annually. Many Biologists go on to become Environmental Scientists or Aquatic Biologists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Biologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Technical Writing and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Biologists. 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 $64K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $85K.

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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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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 9%
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