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Wildlife Biologist Salary

Earnings for Wildlife Biologists in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Wildlife Biologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Wildlife Biologists making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,282 - $76,227
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,926
10%
50%
90%

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$13.22 - $36.88
(Median)
$13
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,282 - $76,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,652  
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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$31,870 - $77,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $36.88  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $39.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,652  
   
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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$31,870 - $77,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $50K on average. Wildlife Biologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Wildlife Biologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $84K.

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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%