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Wildlife Biologist Salary (United States)

Wildlife Biologists in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Wildlife Biologists (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Wildlife Biologists. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Wildlife Biologist Salary (?
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$31,964 - $76,185
(Median)
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62K
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MEDIAN: $49,904
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Wildlife Biologist Salary (?
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$14.05 - $36.28
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,964 - $76,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,550  
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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$31,950 - $77,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $36.28  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $40.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,550  
   
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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$31,950 - $77,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife biologists study how animals interact with their environment. They also study how human activity effects the behavior and population size of animals. Wildlife biologists help to preserve species of concern by reducing human-wildlife conflicts and managing sustainable hunting.
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Wildlife Biologist Tasks
  • 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.
Wildlife Biologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. Wildlife Biologists bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Wildlife Biologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $85K.
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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 68%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
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
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%