Marine Biologist Salary (United States)

A Marine Biologist earns an average salary of $51,975 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 Salary (?
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$29,658 - $100,406
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MEDIAN: $51,975
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Marine Biologist Salary (?
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$10.18 - $30.30
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,658 - $100,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,020  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $9,863  
Commission
$57.50 - $4,250  
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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$28,148 - $99,991  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,020  
   
Commission
$57.50 - $4,250  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $9,863  
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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$28,148 - $99,991  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 73%
Miami
up arrow 32%
Seattle
up arrow 29%
Honolulu
up arrow 1%
San Diego
0%
Los Angeles
0%
National Average
$51,000
Florida
up arrow 2%
San Francisco
up arrow 14%
Houston
up arrow 21%
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Experience Affects Marine Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$51,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%
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