Marine Biologist Salary

A Marine Biologist earns an average salary of $50,926 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$30,407 - $95,299
$30K
$51K
$95K
MEDIAN: $51,054
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$9.98 - $41.56
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MEDIAN: $19.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,407 - $95,299  
   
Bonus
$77.48 - $17,114  
Commission
$1,660  
Total Pay (?
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$29,243 - $96,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $41.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.59  
Overtime
$7.30 - $96.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$77.48 - $17,114  
   
Commission
$1,660  
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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$29,243 - $96,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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Job Description for Marine Biologist

A marine biologist researches and explores organisms, both plants and animals, within the marine biology field. This field has to do with animals and plants that live in salty bodies of water. The marine biologist may carry out observations and assessments, in order to determine the health of an environment. Computations and tests may be needed, where math skills will be needed. These steps may be necessary in order to determine what should be done to restore a habitat and its marine life.

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Marine Biologist Tasks

  • Study the behavior, genetics, origins and diseases of marine wildlife.
  • Observe and analyze data pertaining to marine life.
  • May specialize in environmental cleanups, marine conservation or the rehabilitation of injured marine animals.
  • Conduct scientific experiments on-site and / or in a lab.

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Pay by Experience Level for Marine Biologist

Pay by Experience for a Marine Biologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Marine Biologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 258 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Marine Biologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Marine Biologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 67 salaries. A Marine Biologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 44 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,593

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Key Stats for Marine Biologist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Marine Biologist Salaries

Experienced
▲18%

Late-Career
▲18%

▲1%

National Average
$51,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 24%
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