Biologist Salary

The median salary for Biologists in the United States is approximately $53K per year, but employers pay the most in Portland, offering around $130K on average. Biologists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+45 percent), San Diego (+40 percent), Anchorage (+29 percent), and Bethesda (+27 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,337 - $91,350
$34K
$53K
$91K
MEDIAN: $53,340
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$13.62 - $32.87
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MEDIAN: $20.17
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$0$91K
Salary $34,337 - $91,350
Bonus $250.00 - $8,000
Profit Sharing $511 - $9,787
Commission $1,538
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$32,272 - $87,781
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 403
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.62 - $32.87
Hourly Tips $35.00
Overtime $20.11 - $45.05
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $250.00 - $8,000
Commission $1,538
Profit Sharing $511 - $9,787
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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$32,272 - $87,781
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 176

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Job Description for Biologist

Biologists analyze living organisms, and they may work in a number of settings. For example, they may work at a university conducting research or they might conduct research to aid with a company's industrial efforts. This work is generally indoors in a laboratory setting, although field work may be required for tasks such as mapping land, gathering samples from the land and water, and assisting with surveying. Travel is sometimes be required to monitor sites away from the office. Research projects and presentations may also require leaving for a week or so at a time.

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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 Biologist


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Biologists who advance into the role of an Environmental Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Environmental Project Managers on average earn $64K per year. A more likely transition for Biologists is Environmental Scientist or Wildlife Biologist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Biologist


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $97K.

Popular Skills for Biologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Molecular Biology, Project Management, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Project Management and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

Pay by Experience for a Biologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Biologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 330 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Biologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 189 salaries. An experienced Biologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 131 salaries. A Biologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,185

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Biologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Biologist?

Biologist in Chicago:
"Wacky Zoo World."
Pros: I love working with different people across the country on zoo related biology and conservation efforts. My job involves customer service, data analysis, technical writing, project management and software testing/upkeep. I also get to travel quite a bit.
Cons: Being an NPO and trying to enact a corporate structure is hard for scientists apparently. Rules are not made clear or followed in terms of salaries, department structuring and business decisions are not always based on what's best but who they know. The pay for this position is extremely low for the city location and living is hard.

Biologist in South Bend:
Pros: The challenging environment.
Cons: The low pay-to-work ratio.

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Key Stats for Biologist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Biologist Salaries

▲74%

▲24%

▲4%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Biologist Salaries

Molecular Biology
▲33%






Environmental Consulting
▲1%

National Average
$50,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 13%
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