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

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


Microbiologists investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

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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
$91840 per year
Hourly wage
$44 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$45,690 to $58,800 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$22 to $28 per hour

Entry-level Microbiologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $45,690 to $58,800 per year or $22 to $28 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 Microbiologists 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%) $75 $156,360
Senior (Top 25%) $58 $119,770
Middle (Mid 50%) $41 $84,400
Junior (Bottom 25%) $28 $58,800
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22 $45,690

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $56 $116,630
DC $51 $107,010
MD $51 $105,980
NJ $51 $105,280
MA $51 $105,170
GA $48 $100,400
VA $48 $99,550
MT $48 $99,410
NE $41 $84,250
NY $40 $83,160

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Microbiologists are in the states of CA, DC, MD, NJ and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $119860 $57.62
Scientific Research and Development Services $110670 $53.21
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $99140 $47.66
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $82730 $39.77
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $82670 $39.75
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $82340 $39.59
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $80570 $38.74
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $80420 $38.66
Local Government $79690 $38.31
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $79490 $38.21
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $79210 $38.08
Other Food Manufacturing $77540 $37.28
Dairy Product Manufacturing $75690 $36.39
Chemical Manufacturing $73960 $35.56
Chemical Manufacturing $68970 $33.16
State Government $64930 $31.21
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $64830 $31.17
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $63540 $30.55
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $63530 $30.55
Beverage Manufacturing $60590 $29.13
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $59620 $28.67
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $57950 $27.86
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