A Marine Biologist earns an average salary of $51,082 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$30,243 - $96,602
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$30K
$51K
$97K
MEDIAN: $51,082
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$9.84 - $48.95
(Median)
$9
$19
$49
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,243 - $96,602  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $20,426  
Commission
$1,100  
Total Pay (?
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$29,228 - $98,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $48.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$7.17 - $99.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$97.87 - $20,426  
   
Commission
$1,100  
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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$29,228 - $98,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Marine Biologist

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,730

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Experience Affects Marine Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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