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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,513 - $78,833
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$36K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,209
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$14.63 - $33.89
(Median)
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$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


Survey takers who work as Ecologists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and wetland delineation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Wetland delineation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $46K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $55K on average. Ecologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $94K on average.

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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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