Average Ecologists in the United States make around $51K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most Ecologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,744 - $73,315
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$36K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,397
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$14.00 - $33.42
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,744 - $73,315  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $7,550  
Total Pay (?
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$35,187 - $72,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $33.42  
   
Overtime
$33.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$496.65 - $7,550  
   
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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$35,187 - $72,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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Popular Skills for Ecologist


Survey results suggest that Ecologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 23 percent, respectively. Wetland delineation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Environmental Consulting also know wetland delineation.

Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ecologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Ecologists make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Ecologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Ecologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Ecologist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 26%

Technical Writing
up arrow 23%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 2%

wetland delineation
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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