Ecologist Salary

The average Ecologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $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 Ecologists (60 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Ecologists is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,776 - $83,238

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$14.64 - $31.09

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,776 - $83,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
Profit Sharing
$763 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,037 - $81,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $31.09  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $45.24  
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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$35,037 - $81,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Ecologists. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $47K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $55K. For Ecologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. 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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National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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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