Marine Biologist Salary (United States)

A Marine Biologist earns an average salary of $51,181 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Marine Biologist Total Pay (?
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$29,646 - $98,858
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99K
MEDIAN: $51,181
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Marine Biologist Total Pay (?
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$10.19 - $30.41
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,646 - $98,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,030  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $10,101  
Commission
$68.00 - $5,000  
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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$27,929 - $97,925  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,030  
   
Commission
$68.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $10,101  
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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$27,929 - $97,925  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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Job Description for Marine Biologist
A marine biologist studies ocean currents and analyzes the creatures that live in the ocean. The must be passionate and interested in the aspects of the ocean. Most marine biologists' goal is to preserve ocean life, as well as educate others about what really goes on in the ocean. They study the behavior, genetics, origins, and diseases of marine wildlife. The also help plan research, mitigation, and analysis efforts.
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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
New York
up arrow 95%
Miami
up arrow 33%
Seattle
up arrow 26%
Los Angeles
up arrow 1%
San Diego
0%
Florida
0%
National Average
$51,000
Honolulu
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San Francisco
up arrow 13%
Houston
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Experience Affects Marine Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$51,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%
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Gender
Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 15%
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