Microbiologist Salary

Earnings for Microbiologists in the United States come in at around $52K per year on average. Cash earnings for Microbiologists — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $78K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of Microbiologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,437 - $81,845
$36K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,620
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$14.44 - $27.87
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MEDIAN: $19.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,437 - $81,845  
   
Bonus
$0.43 - $7,108  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,940  
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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$33,551 - $77,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $27.87  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.43 - $7,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,940  
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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$33,551 - $77,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315

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Job Description for Microbiologist

Microbiologists study the biology of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae; examples of microbiologists include bacteriologists, virologists, immunologists and clinical microbiologists. They often work in research and development, although they may also instruct students in microbiology if they hold a position at colleges and universities. Their duties include conducting research projects to examine microorganisms, preparing samples for testing (such as through plating, swabbing and/or incubation), recording their findings accurately, and writing reports and research papers on their findings. Microbiologists also supervise biological technicians and other laboratory workers, as well as stay up to date on research and developments within their field.

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Microbiologist Tasks

  • Study and document growth, physiology, morphology, and general characteristics of microorganisms.
  • Write technical reports to communicate findings and procedures.
  • Supervise laboratory staff, including schedules and tasks.
  • Perform assays and determinations of organisms and substrates for identification and to determine interactions.

Common Career Paths for Microbiologist


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Advancing into a Quality Assurance Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Microbiologists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $70K per year. A Medical Technologist role is the most common promotion for Microbiologists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $52K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Microbiologists is a Biologist position, where earnings are usually $47K.

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Survey results imply that Microbiologists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Research Analysis, PCR Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include environmental monitoring and Aseptic Processing. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

Pay by Experience for a Microbiologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Microbiologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 581 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Microbiologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 225 salaries. An experienced Microbiologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 148 salaries. A Microbiologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 62 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,144

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For Microbiologists, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Microbiologists will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+13 percent), Denver (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Microbiologist's salary, with Columbus Microbiologists earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Madison (27 percent less) and St. Paul (17 percent less).

Microbiologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Microbiologist?

Microbiologist in Rome:
"Organization, tedious, repetitive work, individual/team work."
Pros: Being able to be a big part of keeping foods safe to consume.
Cons: No one else wants to do it completely properly. Currently doing two jobs, but being paid for one.

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Key Stats for Microbiologist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

▲33%

▲32%

▲12%

National Average
$49,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
▲6%


▲2%


GMP Compliance
▲1%

National Average
$49,000



Aseptic Processing
▼6%

environmental monitoring
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 13%