Biologist Salary (United States)

A Biologist earns an average salary of $49,420 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Molecular Biology and Technical Analysis. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Biologist Total Pay (?
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$33,072 - $84,234
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MEDIAN: $49,420
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Biologist Total Pay (?
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$12.08 - $34.41
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,072 - $84,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,105  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,166  
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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$30,967 - $78,059  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 563
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $34.41  
   
Overtime
$18.71 - $42.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,105  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,166  
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).
)
$30,967 - $78,059  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 563
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

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Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
up arrow 17%
New York
up arrow 12%
Atlanta
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San Francisco
up arrow 4%
National Average
$49,000
Minneapolis
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Sacramento
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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 27%
Technical Analysis
up arrow 12%
Environmental Consulting
up arrow 7%
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$49,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%
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