The average pay for a Microbiologist is $50,879 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$36,743 - $79,662
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$37K
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MEDIAN: $50,878
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$14.47 - $29.80
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,743 - $79,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
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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$33,416 - $76,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $29.80  
   
Overtime
$20.35 - $40.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
   
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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$33,416 - $76,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.

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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: $48,834

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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
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Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
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GMP Compliance
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National Average
$49,000

PCR Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Aseptic Processing
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Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

environmental monitoring
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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
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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