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Ecologist Salary

Median pay for Ecologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $52K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,553 - $82,398
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,681
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$14.42 - $30.10
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$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,553 - $82,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$763 - $6,000  
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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$34,550 - $77,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $45.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$763 - $6,000  
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).
)
$34,550 - $77,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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.


Ecologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $46K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $55K. Ecologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $97K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 89%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 13%
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