Ecologist Salary

An average Ecologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Ecologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,500 - $83,238
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$83K
MEDIAN: $51,439
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$14.62 - $30.11
(Median)
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$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,500 - $83,238  
   
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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$34,741 - $80,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$34,741 - $80,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $46K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $54K on average. On average, Ecologists make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $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
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 14%
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