Average Biologist Salary

$53,434
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,750
Bonus
$639
Commission
$1,750
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The average salary for a Biologist is $53,434.
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$36k
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$86k
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$36k - $86k
Bonus
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$56 - $7k
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$34k - $84k
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What Do Biologists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Biologist

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The top respondents for the job title Biologist are from the companies National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Monsanto Company. Reported salaries are highest at Tetra Tech, Inc. where the average pay is $75,198. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include National Marine Fisheries Service and National Institutes of Health (NIH), earning around $70,500 and $68,438, respectively. Monsanto Company pays the lowest at around $55,000. Kelly Services, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $58,958 and $63,043, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Biologists?

Skills in Technical Writing, Research Analysis, Data Analysis and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Environmental Consulting.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Biologists?

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 $41,639 based on 84 salaries. An early career Biologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,068 based on 338 salaries. A mid-career Biologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,440 based on 178 salaries. An experienced Biologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,141 based on 132 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $78,162.
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 Sacramento, California (29.5% more) and Bethesda, Maryland (22.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (5.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 793 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.6%
Early Career
42.6%
Mid Career
22.4%
Experienced
16.6%
Late Career
7.7%