Microbiologist Salary

Pay for Microbiologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $52K annually. In the world of Microbiologists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $78K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Microbiologists (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$37,354 - $82,656
$37K
$52K
$83K
MEDIAN: $51,861
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.61 - $26.59
$15
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.43
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$82K
Salary $37,354 - $82,656
Bonus $96.96 - $7,745
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).
)
$33,664 - $78,272
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 588
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.61 - $26.59
Overtime $19.64 - $38.56
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $96.96 - $7,745
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).
)
$33,664 - $78,272
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 340

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Microbiologists who move on to become Quality Assurance Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Quality Assurance Managers get paid an average of $70K per year. As Microbiologists progress in their field, many go on to become Medical Technologists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $52K per year. Another common career choice for Microbiologists is to move into a Biologist role. Typically, Biologists get paid $47K.

Microbiologist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Survey results suggest that Microbiologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in 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: $49,194

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Microbiologists will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Microbiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Louis (+13 percent), Denver (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Microbiologists earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Madison and St. Paul are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 27 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Microbiologist

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

▲33%

▲32%

▲11%

National Average
$49,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
▲6%



▲1%

GMP Compliance
▲1%

National Average
$49,000



Aseptic Processing
▼6%

environmental monitoring
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 14%
ADVERTISEMENT