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Salary for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Also known as:  Aquatic Biologist, Entomologist, Fish Culturist, Fishery Biologist, Herpetologist, Ichthyologist, Lepidopterist, Marine Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Biologist, Ornithologist

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Individuals working as zoologists and wildlife biologists are generally graduate-educated scientists. They study the overall life processes of animals in the wild, and may inventory or estimate the number of animals of a particular species or the number of species in a specific region. These professionals may also conduct experiments in natural settings, and provide recommendations based on their research as to the impact of environmental factors and human activity on animal behavior and popultion size. They may publish their findings in peer reviewed journals, and attend professional conferences and meetings. Additionally, they may catalog and classify new animals species. A Bachelor's degree is required for entry into this field, although many wildlife biologists also hold Master's degrees.

A Zoologists or Wildlife Biologist receives salaries of around 48000 to 72000 based on seniority. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists can get wages of Sixty Thousand Three Hundred dollars per annum.

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists have the highest salaries in the District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of just about $106540. Employees who work in this career have the highest pay levels in Public Administration, which has average pay of $64220.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 13.35 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,220
Public Administration $62,810
Educational Services $51,880
Other Services (except Public Administration) $50,580
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $49,830
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $49,830
Other Services (except Public Administration) $50,580
Educational Services $51,880
Public Administration $62,810
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,220