Wildlife Biologist Salary

The average Wildlife Biologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up a slight majority of Wildlife Biologists (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Wildlife Biologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,268 - $77,585
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$32K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,923
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$12.10 - $37.13
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$37
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,268 - $77,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$4,070  
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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$31,200 - $78,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $37.13  
   
Overtime
$14.06 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,070  
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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$31,200 - $78,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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Wildlife Biologists who transition into an upper level Biologist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Biologist makes $47K a year.

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Wildlife Biologists usually report a few specific skills. Environmental Compliance and Technical Writing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 6 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. For Wildlife Biologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Wildlife Biologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $70K.

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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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Experience Affects Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Wildlife Biologist Salaries

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 13%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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