A Microbiologist earns an average salary of $46,458 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Microbiologist Total Pay (?
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$33,009 - $72,052
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72K
MEDIAN: $46,458
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Microbiologist Total Pay (?
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$13.29 - $25.93
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,009 - $72,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$30,891 - $70,665  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 944
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$18.69 - $37.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $11,745  
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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$30,891 - $70,665  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 944
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Job Description for Microbiologist
Microbiologist study the microorganisms that surround us. They focus on bacteria, viruses, algae, and even fungi. They research the ways that microorganisms affect us and how we might even be able to use them. A microbiologist not only has the task of tracking down microorganisms but they must also monitor and identify what type is being observed, their interaction(s), and more. They are also always thinking of new techniques that may aid in the prevention of disease spreading. A microbiologist researches new medications that are currently in clinical trials. Some microbiologists even develop new medicines and vaccines that have to then be registered. When working in a lab, they grow microbial cultures that are then used by the agriculture department as well as the food and beverage department for testing purposes. Many microbiologists travel frequently to collect samples from all types of environments. They must also perform and be trained in safety procedures to prevent contamination. A microbiologist can also be the supervisor in a lab; in these cases, they therefore must maintain and oversee a team of staff members who will assist them in reporting findings on computer and maintaining accurate records.
Microbiologist Tasks
  • Supervise laboratory staff, including schedules and tasks.
  • Perform assays and determinations of organisms and substrates for identification and to determine interactions.
  • Study and document growth, physiology, morphology, and general characteristics of microorganisms.
  • Write technical reports to communicate findings and procedures.
Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Boston
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Atlanta
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New York
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Chicago
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St. Louis
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National Average
$44,000
Baltimore
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Los Angeles
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Phoenix
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Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 32%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 31%
National Average
$44,000
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Gender
Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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