Microbiologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of microbiologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of microbiologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The microbiologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Microbiologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,540
25th Percentile Wage
$50,370
50th Percentile Wage
$69,960
75th Percentile Wage
$102,030
90th Percentile Wage
$129,560

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for microbiologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) microbiologists is $129,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,540. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 219% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of microbiologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$69,960
4.45% 5.29%
2016
$66,850
-1.05% -
2015
$67,550
-0.36% -
2014
$67,790
-0.07% -
2013
$67,840
2.33% -
2012
$66,260
- -

Table 2. Microbiologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of microbiologists in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for microbiologists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $89,780. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,710).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$89,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$82,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,900
Health Care and Social Assistance
$69,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,500
Manufacturing
$61,530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,580
Wholesale Trade
$54,360
Educational Services
$51,710

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Microbiologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only microbiologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of microbiologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $37,670 to $112,480. The highest paying state for microbiologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $112,480. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $37,670. For more salary information of microbiologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$112,480
California
$95,730
Maryland
$94,830
Georgia
$88,340
Massachusetts
$80,880
Montana
$79,370
Louisiana
$77,770
Arizona
$76,690
Nevada
$76,210
Iowa
$75,870
Virginia
$74,710
Mississippi
$74,280
Alaska
$72,600
New York
$72,310
New Hampshire
$71,100
New Jersey
$70,640
Hawaii
$69,090
Connecticut
$68,400
Pennsylvania
$68,270
Washington
$67,230
Missouri
$66,310
Oregon
$64,170
Arkansas
$64,110
Oklahoma
$62,270
Colorado
$62,250
Ohio
$60,870
Minnesota
$60,530
Utah
$60,320
Nebraska
$59,610
Vermont
$58,780
North Carolina
$58,050
Wisconsin
$58,030
Tennessee
$56,940
Idaho
$56,330
Michigan
$56,330
Florida
$54,630
Maine
$54,170
Kentucky
$51,220
Illinois
$50,850
Alabama
$50,470
Delaware
$50,340
Texas
$50,180
Kansas
$49,260
South Dakota
$48,930
North Dakota
$48,780
Puerto Rico
$48,680
South Carolina
$47,960
Indiana
$44,730
New Mexico
$44,020
West Virginia
$37,670



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