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

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

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

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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
$70510 per year
Hourly wage
$34 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$41,720 to $52,630 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$20 to $25 per hour

Entry-level Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $41,720 to $52,630 per year or $20 to $25 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 Zoologists and Wildlife 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%) $51 $106,320
Senior (Top 25%) $40 $82,670
Middle (Mid 50%) $32 $66,350
Junior (Bottom 25%) $25 $52,630
No experience (Bottom 10%) $20 $41,720

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $54 $113,310
MA $45 $94,380
NJ $40 $83,920
HI $40 $83,250
MD $40 $83,050
NY $39 $81,990
WA $39 $81,960
CA $39 $81,520
CT $39 $81,400
AK $39 $80,950

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

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

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $88390 $42.49
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $80490 $38.70
Scientific Research and Development Services $78610 $37.79
Local Government $75190 $36.15
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $72110 $34.67
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $70050 $33.68
State Government $61120 $29.38
Civic and Social Organizations $58790 $28.27
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $57310 $27.55
Social Advocacy Organizations $56360 $27.10

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