Biologists in the United States can expect wages of $53K annually on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Biologists is high. Women Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,359 - $96,906
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$53K
$97K
MEDIAN: $52,686
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$12.76 - $31.54
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,359 - $96,906  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
Total Pay (?
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$31,162 - $91,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $31.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$35.00  
Overtime
$17.22 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$300.00 - $9,759  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,952  
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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$31,162 - $91,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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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Biologists sometimes assume positions such as Environmental Project Managers. That role pays $64K per year on average. Becoming an Environmental Scientist or a Wildlife Biologist is, however, a more typical career progression for Biologists.

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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 20 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $41K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $52K on average. Biologists see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $87K.

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Key Stats for Biologist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
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Data Analysis
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Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$49,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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