Ecologist Salary

Ecologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Ecologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Ecologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,766 - $72,579
$35K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,749
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$12.37 - $39.13
$12
$22
$39
MEDIAN: $22.38
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$0$73K
Salary $34,766 - $72,579
Bonus $507 - $6,128
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$34,615 - $73,683
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 125
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $12.37 - $39.13
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $507 - $6,128
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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$34,615 - $73,683
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

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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


Ecologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 24 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Wetland delineation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with 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
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲60%

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$51,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Ecologist Salaries

Data Analysis
▲31%

Technical Writing
▲24%


National Average
$51,000


wetland delineation
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 9%
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