Botanist Salary

A Botanist earns an average salary of $50,151 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$30,410 - $100,671
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$8.57 - $49.66
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MEDIAN: $20
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Salary
$30,410 - $100,671  
   
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$0.00 - $3,250  
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$25,301 - $100,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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$8.57 - $49.66  
   
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,250  
   
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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$25,301 - $100,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Botanist

Botanists study various aspects of plant biology. Most of the time they have a strong desire to want to understand all that they can about plants. They study the relationship between plants, the environment, and other living organisms. They also study fungi and algae. A botanist can choose from many different types of plants to study. In addition to studying plants, botanists do inventory and investigate conditions for botanical projects including restoration, conversation, mitigation, and monitoring of selected populations. They also investigate the environment and plant communities and the different effects rainfall, temperature, climate, soil, and elevation can have on a plant's growth. Botanists also conduct and prepare analysis, and they conduct environmental impact reports for the National Environmental Policy Act, agencies, and governments. Botanists also look for plants that may be threatened, endangered, or sensitive. They are always on the lookout for new and rare plants, as well. Botanists can work in laboratory environments or work outdoors to complete their research. In some cases, they also have the opportunity to travel to new and exotic locations all around the world in order to research certain plants where they can study the plant's effect on a culture. Botanists should have great observational skills, an interest in scientific studies, and a love of nature. They can work for research facilities, governments, or educational services. Botanists are required to have four years of college and a bachelor's degree in botany. However, some positions may also require a master's or doctorate degree in botany. Plants perform essential tasks for human living. They can be used for many different things, such as food, drugs, fibers, etc. Botanists help to better supply the world with understanding on how plants really work and how they benefit us all.


Botanist Tasks

  • Identify and classify plants.
  • Investigate environment and plant communities and the effect of rainfall, temperature, climate, soil, and elevation on plant growth.
  • Conduct and prepare analysis, reports, and environmental impact reports for the National Environmental Policy Act, agencies, and governments.
  • Study, inventory, and investigate conditions for botanical projects including restoration, conversation, mitigation, and monitoring of selected populations.
  • Survey for threatened, endangered, sensitive, and rare plants.

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Experience Affects Botanist Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 27%