Ecologist Salary

Ecologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Ecologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,909 - $73,774
$36K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,788
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$13.50 - $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,909 - $73,774  
   
Bonus
$505 - $6,153  
Total Pay (?
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$35,742 - $75,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $39.00  
   
Overtime
$32.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$505 - $6,153  
   
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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$35,742 - $75,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • Perform habitat evaluations, rare species surveys, wetland delineations, and ecological fieldwork.
  • Prepare Environmental Impact Assessments and regulatory reviews.
  • Educate and/or publish findings to the public and officials and assist with mitigation plans.
  • Classify organisms.

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Popular Skills for Ecologist


Survey results imply that Ecologists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 21 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Wetland delineation and Environmental Consulting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Environmental Consulting also know wetland delineation.

Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist

Pay by Experience for an Ecologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Ecologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 83 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ecologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Ecologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 37 salaries. An Ecologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 8 salaries.

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Key Stats for Ecologist

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$52,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Ecologist Salaries

Data Analysis
▲28%

Technical Writing
▲21%


National Average
$52,000


wetland delineation
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 9%
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