Average Biologist Salary

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The average salary for a Biologist is $52,565.
MEDIAN $52,565
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$34k - $89k
$405 - $6k
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$324 - $10k
$163 - $2k
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$33k - $86k

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Job Description for Biologist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Biologist are from the companies U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Monsanto Company and Eli Lilly and Company. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where the average pay is $100,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tetra Tech, Inc. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, earning around $74,337 and $64,303, respectively. Stantec pays the lowest at around $42,000. Monsanto Company and Kelly Services, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,000 and $58,958, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Biologist. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Wildlife Biologist
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Biologist

Skills in Data Analysis, Research Analysis, Technical Writing, Project Management and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Biologist

An entry-level Biologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,026 based on 236 salaries. An early career Biologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,702 based on 456 salaries. A mid-career Biologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,011 based on 265 salaries. An experienced Biologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,234 based on 191 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $84,775.
Employees with Biologist in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 52.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Bethesda, Maryland (24.9% more) and San Diego, California (19.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (8.2% less).

Years of Experience

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