The average salary for a Wildlife Biologist is $51,375.
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Job Description for Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife biologists study how animals interact with their environment. They also study how human activity effects the behavior and population size of animals. Wildlife biologists help to preserve species of concern by reducing human-wildlife conflicts and managing sustainable hunting. Wildlife biologists are often employed by public agencies, but they can also work as independent contractors or with private natural resource companies. Regardless, a wildlife biologist typically helps to assess …Read more
Wildlife 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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Wildlife Biologist
The top respondents for the job title Wildlife Biologist are from the companies U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington College and Cardno. Reported salaries are highest at ICF International where the average pay is $89,440. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, earning around $57,352. Washington College pays the lowest at around $38,080. Cardno also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $52,000.
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Popular Skills for Wildlife Biologist
Skills in Technical Writing, Data Analysis and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Collection.
Pay by Experience Level for Wildlife Biologist
An entry-level Wildlife Biologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,634 based on 21 salaries. An early career Wildlife Biologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,740 based on 147 salaries. A mid-career Wildlife Biologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,753 based on 123 salaries. An experienced Wildlife Biologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,126 based on 115 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $62,028.
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Employees with Wildlife Biologist in their job title in Sacramento, California earn an average of 70.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (55.7% more) and San Francisco, California (54.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (19.4% less).
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