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Microbiologist Salary

Microbiologists in the United States pull down an average of $49K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,467 - $74,265
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,957
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90%

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$14.36 - $29.20
(Median)
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,467 - $74,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,209  
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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$32,836 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $29.20  
   
Overtime
$20.76 - $37.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,209  
   
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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$32,836 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307

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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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While Microbiologists do not often become Quality Assurance Managers, the job pays $68K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Microbiologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Molecular Biology and Microbiology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and environmental monitoring. Employees educated in Molecular Biology are typically practiced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Microbiologists. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $68K.

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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 22%

Microbiology
up arrow 15%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

environmental monitoring
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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