An average Wildlife Biologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Wildlife Biologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,352 - $78,827
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MEDIAN: $50,746
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$11.72 - $34.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,352 - $78,827  
   
Bonus
$494.05 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$3,850  
Total Pay (?
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$31,454 - $77,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $34.80  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$494.05 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,850  
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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$31,454 - $77,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

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

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Wildlife Biologists who go on to become Biologists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Biologist, an upper-level role, pays $47K.

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Popular Skills for Wildlife Biologist


Survey results imply that Wildlife Biologists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Technical Writing is a skill commonly found among those who know Environmental Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Wildlife Biologist

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


For many Wildlife Biologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Wildlife Biologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 23%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 14%


Environmental Compliance
up arrow 9%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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