Microbiologist Salary

The average Microbiologist in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Cash earnings for Microbiologists — including $7K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $79K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Microbiologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,048 - $84,673
$38K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $51,675
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$14.68 - $26.18
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$0$84K
Salary $38,048 - $84,673
Bonus $97.59 - $8,000
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $8,877
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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$33,989 - $78,792
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 581
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.68 - $26.18
Overtime $19.53 - $36.64
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $97.59 - $8,000
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $8,877
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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$33,989 - $78,792
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 341

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Job Description for Microbiologist

Microbiologists study the biology of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae; examples of microbiologists include bacteriologists, virologists, immunologists and clinical microbiologists. They often work in research and development, although they may also instruct students in microbiology if they hold a position at colleges and universities. Their duties include conducting research projects to examine microorganisms, preparing samples for testing (such as through plating, swabbing and/or incubation), recording their findings accurately, and writing reports and research papers on their findings. Microbiologists also supervise biological technicians and other laboratory workers, as well as stay up to date on research and developments within their field.

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Microbiologist Tasks

  • Study and document growth, physiology, morphology, and general characteristics of microorganisms.
  • Write technical reports to communicate findings and procedures.
  • Supervise laboratory staff, including schedules and tasks.
  • Perform assays and determinations of organisms and substrates for identification and to determine interactions.

Common Career Paths for Microbiologist


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Microbiologists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Quality Assurance Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year. Becoming a Medical Technologist is, more often than not, the most common role that Microbiologists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $52K. Another frequent advance is for Microbiologists to assume a Biologist role; in this role, workers often earn $47K.

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist


Microbiologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Research Analysis, PCR Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include environmental monitoring and Aseptic Processing. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

Pay by Experience for a Microbiologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Microbiologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 581 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Microbiologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 225 salaries. An experienced Microbiologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 148 salaries. A Microbiologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 62 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,157

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

For those looking to make money, Microbiologists in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Microbiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Louis (+13 percent), Denver (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Microbiologists in Columbus make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Madison and St. Paul (27 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Microbiologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Microbiologist?

Microbiologist in Rome:
"Organization, tedious, repetitive work, individual/team work."
Pros: Being able to be a big part of keeping foods safe to consume.
Cons: No one else wants to do it completely properly. Currently doing two jobs, but being paid for one.

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Key Stats for Microbiologist

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Microbiologist Salaries

▲33%

▲32%

▲11%

National Average
$49,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Microbiologist Salaries

Microbiology
▲6%


▲2%


GMP Compliance
▲1%

National Average
$49,000



Aseptic Processing
▼6%

environmental monitoring
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 14%
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