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Ecologist Salary (United States)

The average Ecologist in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Male Ecologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. For the most part, Ecologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Ecologist Salary (?
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$35,599 - $81,000
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MEDIAN: $51,451
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Ecologist Salary (?
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$14.52 - $33.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,599 - $81,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
Profit Sharing
$754 - $5,896  
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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$34,815 - $75,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $33.11  
   
Overtime
$21.90 - $44.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$754 - $5,896  
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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$34,815 - $75,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Ecologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $53K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $47K. Ecologists bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $97K.

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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 89%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
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$51,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 12%