Microbiologist Salary

Average Microbiologists in the United States make around $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Microbiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,345 - $74,024
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,933
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$14.07 - $29.73
(Median)
$14
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,345 - $74,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,500  
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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$32,699 - $72,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $29.73  
   
Overtime
$20.54 - $37.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,138  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,500  
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).
)
$32,699 - $72,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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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There are some Microbiologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Quality Assurance Managers, where earnings are an average $68K annually.

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Survey results imply that Microbiologists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Molecular Biology, Research Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Microbiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and 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.


Microbiologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Microbiologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $68K.

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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 18%

Research Analysis
up arrow 5%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microbiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

environmental monitoring
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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