Wildlife Biologist Salary (United States)

Wildlife Biologists in the United States typically take home $50,753 annually. The range in pay spans from $32,253 to $78,626 per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. Male Wildlife Biologists are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 51 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Wildlife Biologist Salary (?
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$32,166 - $76,750
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MEDIAN: $50,147
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Wildlife Biologist Salary (?
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$14.60 - $36.73
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,166 - $76,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $7,122  
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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$32,253 - $78,626  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $36.73  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $40.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $7,122  
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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$32,253 - $78,626  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Wildlife Biologist

  • Inform public, state, and federal representatives and agencies of test results.
  • Determine environmental effects of land and water use.
  • Conduct and analyze plant and animal biological data about relationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Prepare environmental impact reports.

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Pay by Experience Level for Wildlife Biologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Standard salaries begin at $42K and can reach $50K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $57K after 10 to 20 years. Even after two decades, Wildlife Biologists continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 79%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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