Microbiologist Salary

Microbiologists in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Microbiologists approaches anywhere from $33K on the lower end to $73K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Microbiologists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,490 - $75,031
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,304
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$14.49 - $29.79
(Median)
$14
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,490 - $75,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,108  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$33,286 - $72,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 699
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $29.79  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $39.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$33,286 - $72,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Microbiologist


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Microbiologists who move on to become Quality Assurance Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Quality Assurance Managers get paid an average of $69K per year. A Biologist or a Medical Technologist is a typical transition from a Microbiologist role.

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Microbiologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Research Analysis, Aseptic Processing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like environmental monitoring. Molecular Biology and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Microbiologists make a median salary of $60K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,231

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

Microbiologists will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Microbiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Employers in Madison and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
up arrow 9%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
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National Average
$47,000

environmental monitoring
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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