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Wildlife Biologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Wildlife Biologists in the United States is typically around $50K per year. A solid majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Male Wildlife Biologists are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 51 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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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  
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $50K on average. For Wildlife Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $91K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.
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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%