How Much Do Biologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Biologists research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$104810 per year
Hourly wage
$50 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$52,640 to $67,710 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $33 per hour

Entry-level Biologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $52,640 to $67,710 per year or $25 to $33 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Biologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $82 $169,860
Senior (Top 25%) $62 $127,980
Middle (Mid 50%) $45 $94,270
Junior (Bottom 25%) $33 $67,710
No experience (Bottom 10%) $25 $52,640

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MT $79 $165,300
NJ $56 $115,670
CA $55 $115,110
MA $53 $110,750
PA $52 $107,480
NH $50 $104,580
MD $49 $101,960
AZ $49 $101,940
CO $48 $100,660
MI $46 $96,050

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Biologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Biologists are in the states of MT, NJ, CA, MA and PA.

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