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Microbiologist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Microbiologist is $48,264 per year. A skill in Molecular Biology is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Microbiologist Salary (?
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$34,684 - $74,295
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MEDIAN: $48,264
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Microbiologist Salary (?
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$13.85 - $25.94
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,684 - $74,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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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$31,988 - $71,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 555
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $25.94  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $36.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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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$31,988 - $71,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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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.

Common Career Paths for Microbiologist

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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

Atlanta
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New York
up arrow 18%
Chicago
up arrow 12%
St. Louis
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National Average
$45,000
Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
up arrow 4%
Minneapolis
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Seattle
up arrow 9%
Dallas
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Cincinnati
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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 18%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%
National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%