Microbiologist Salary

A Microbiologist earns an average salary of $49,304 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
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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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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).
)
$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.

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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: $47,231

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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
up arrow 1%

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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