Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Microbiologist is $54,761
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Microbiologists?
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 $42,774 based on 72 salaries. An early career Microbiologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,740 based on 486 salaries. A mid-career …Read more
What Do Microbiologists Do?
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 …Read more
- 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.