The average Wildlife Biologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Wildlife Biologists. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Wildlife Biologists (53 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,662 - $79,418
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$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,852
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$12.19 - $34.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,662 - $79,418  
   
Bonus
$494.05 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$32,152 - $79,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $34.65  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $47.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$494.05 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$32,152 - $79,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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.

Common Career Paths for Wildlife Biologist


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Many Wildlife Biologists move into a Biologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Biologists on average bring in a similar salary to Wildlife Biologists.

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Popular Skills for Wildlife Biologist


Survey takers who work as Wildlife Biologists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Technical Writing, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems. Experience with Environmental Compliance is often linked with knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Wildlife Biologist

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


For many Wildlife Biologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Wildlife Biologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $63K.

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Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Wildlife Biologist in Sacramento:
"Negotiation."
Know your worth and demand it, even when you feel you should just feel lucky to have a job! Negotiate as much as possible during your first job offer.

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Key Stats for Wildlife Biologist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 18%


Environmental Compliance
up arrow 8%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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