Ecologist Salary

Earnings for Ecologists in the United States come in at around $52K annually on average. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Ecologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,913 - $84,406
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,681
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50%
90%

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$14.57 - $32.62
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,913 - $84,406  
   
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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$35,292 - $80,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $32.62  
   
Overtime
$21.90 - $45.62  
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).
)
$35,292 - $80,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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. The average inexperienced worker earns $47K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. Ecologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 88%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 13%