Wildlife Biologist Salary

Pay for Wildlife Biologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Men working as Wildlife Biologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of Wildlife Biologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,020 - $77,252
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,990
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$13.18 - $36.73
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,020 - $77,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$2,570 - $7,750  
Total Pay (?
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$31,486 - $78,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $36.73  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $43.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,570 - $7,750  
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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$31,486 - $78,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $50K. Wildlife Biologists see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $84K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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