Ecologist Salary

For Ecologists, yearly average wages total $52K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ecologists. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,747 - $83,516
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,569
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$14.62 - $30.11
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,747 - $83,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
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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$34,983 - $80,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $45.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
   
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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$34,983 - $80,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $47K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $54K. For Ecologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $97K on average.

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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 90%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 14%
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