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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Microbiologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,480
25th Percentile Wage
$48,920
50th Percentile Wage
$66,850
75th Percentile Wage
$97,050
90th Percentile Wage
$128,190

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 $128,190. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $66,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,480. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 224% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of microbiologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201666,850-1.05%0.88%
201567,550-0.36%-
201467,790-0.07%-
201367,8402.33%-
201266,260--

Table 2. Microbiologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of microbiologists in 8 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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $80,560. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $49,300).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,190
Health Care and Social Assistance
$70,590
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,110
Manufacturing
$62,090
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,580
Educational Services
$49,300

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 $36,370 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 $36,370. 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
Maryland
$93,590
Georgia
$86,640
California
$79,370
Louisiana
$77,770
Montana
$77,700
Nevada
$77,020
Iowa
$77,010
New York
$76,940
New Jersey
$76,110
Arkansas
$73,370
Arizona
$73,270
Mississippi
$70,110
Washington
$69,190
Missouri
$69,040
Connecticut
$66,740
Nebraska
$66,220
Oregon
$64,990
Hawaii
$63,880
Virginia
$63,780
Colorado
$63,680
Minnesota
$62,900
Oklahoma
$62,710
Massachusetts
$62,170
Ohio
$62,020
Pennsylvania
$61,760
North Carolina
$61,270
Idaho
$59,670
Michigan
$58,640
Wisconsin
$57,620
Tennessee
$57,430
Florida
$55,480
Maine
$53,350
Utah
$53,220
Alabama
$51,770
Kentucky
$50,490
Delaware
$50,340
Kansas
$49,460
Illinois
$49,230
Texas
$48,980
South Dakota
$48,930
North Dakota
$48,780
South Carolina
$48,020
Puerto Rico
$47,850
New Mexico
$46,040
Indiana
$42,780
West Virginia
$36,370



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