2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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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- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||$72110||$34.67|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$70050||$33.68|
|Civic and Social Organizations||$58790||$28.27|
|Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions||$57310||$27.55|
|Social Advocacy Organizations||$56360||$27.10|