The salary statistics of zoologists and wildlife biologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of zoologists and wildlife biologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The zoologists and wildlife biologists 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) zoologists and wildlife biologists is $98,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,150. 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 151% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of zoologists and wildlife biologists in 6 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 zoologists and wildlife biologists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $79,190. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $49,120).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
From the above tables we note that not only zoologists and wildlife biologists 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 zoologists and wildlife biologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $38,760 to $101,360. The highest paying state for zoologists and wildlife biologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $101,360. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $38,760. For more salary information of zoologists and wildlife biologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
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|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
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|South Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
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|West Virginia|| |