Ecologist Salary

Earnings for Ecologists in the United States come in at around $52K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,513 - $78,833
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,209
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$14.63 - $33.89
(Median)
$15
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,513 - $78,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$34,855 - $78,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $33.89  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $47.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$34,855 - $78,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Ecologist

Ecologists are responsible for surveying ecosystems and creating assessments pertaining to the diversity, behavior, and population of the organisms within ecosystems. The tasks they undertake will require them to spend a great deal of time in the field conducting scientific investigations and classifying organisms; recorded data is then submitted to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Ecologists also have other responsibilities, such as generating environmental impact reports, habitat maintenance, teaching in schools, helping with legislation, conducting surveys, and more. Ecologists generally work for environmental protection organizations, government agencies, and conservation charities, and they may work either independently or on teams depending on their employer's objectives.

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Ecologist Tasks

  • Educate and/or publish findings to the public and officials and assist with mitigation plans.
  • Classify organisms.
  • Perform habitat evaluations, rare species surveys, wetland delineations, and ecological fieldwork.
  • Prepare Environmental Impact Assessments and regulatory reviews.

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Popular Skills for Ecologist


Ecologists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and wetland delineation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing wetland delineation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Environmental Consulting indicates knowledge of wetland delineation.

Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist

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


For many Ecologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $55K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $46K. Ecologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Ecologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $94K.

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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Ecologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

wetland delineation
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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