The average pay for a Microbiologist is $51,237 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$36,485 - $80,898
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MEDIAN: $51,237
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$14.48 - $28.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,485 - $80,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,009  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$33,471 - $77,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $28.45  
   
Overtime
$19.56 - $39.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$33,471 - $77,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,808

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Key Stats for Microbiologist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%



National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
up arrow 6%



GMP Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

PCR Analysis
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Aseptic Processing
up arrow 5%

environmental monitoring
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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