Ecologist Salary

Ecologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Ecologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,741 - $74,743
$36K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,834
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$13.91 - $38.47
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$38
MEDIAN: $20.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,741 - $74,743  
   
Bonus
$500 - $7,630  
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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$34,993 - $76,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $38.47  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$500 - $7,630  
   
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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$34,993 - $76,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Ecologist


Ecologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 21 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Wetland delineation and Environmental Consulting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Environmental Consulting also know wetland delineation.

Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $55K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $48K. Ecologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $81K.

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Key Stats for Ecologist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Ecologist Salaries

Data Analysis
▲28%

Technical Writing
▲21%


National Average
$52,000


wetland delineation
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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