Salary for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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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 will normally receive a salary between $41,720 and $106,320 depending on experience and talent. can get an average wage of seventy thousand five hundred and ten dollars per year.

can get the highest pay in District of Columbia, where they receive salary pay of near $113,310. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they earn average pay levels of $74,640.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.57 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$72,460
Public Administration
$71,160
Utilities
$70,520
Educational Services
$69,740
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,350

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$56,700
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,350
Educational Services
$69,740
Utilities
$70,520
Public Administration
$71,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$72,460