Average Microbiologist Salary

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The average salary for a Microbiologist is $52,153.
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$38k - $83k
$97 - $7k
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$196 - $7k
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$34k - $78k

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Job Description for Microbiologist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Microbiologist are from the companies Eurofins, Medtronic, Inc. and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Reported salaries are highest at Department of Agriculture where the average pay is $86,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and Johnson & Johnson, earning around $68,220 and $62,201, respectively. Food Safety Net Services pays the lowest at around $34,000. Eurofins and Medtronic, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $48,300 and $56,888, respectively.

Career Paths

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

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Popular Skills for Microbiologist

Skills in Microbiology, Research Analysis and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologist

An entry-level Microbiologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $43,059 based on 373 salaries. An early career Microbiologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,539 based on 798 salaries. A mid-career Microbiologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,760 based on 340 salaries. An experienced Microbiologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,523 based on 233 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $67,934.
Employees with Microbiologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 11.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (6.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Madison, Wisconsin (12.8% less), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (8.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.5% less).

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