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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,150
25th Percentile Wage
$48,360
50th Percentile Wage
$60,520
75th Percentile Wage
$76,320
90th Percentile Wage
$98,540

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201660,5201.39%4.64%
201559,6802.36%-
201458,2701.44%-
201357,430-0.49%-
201257,710--

Table 2. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Salary by Industry Sector

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
$79,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,390
Educational Services
$52,730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,880
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,120

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists by States

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
District of Columbia
$101,360
Maryland
$92,980
Connecticut
$85,710
Rhode Island
$82,130
Massachusetts
$76,730
Louisiana
$75,750
New Jersey
$74,730
Alaska
$73,730
Hawaii
$70,960
Iowa
$68,760
New York
$67,430
Texas
$67,310
Michigan
$66,700
North Dakota
$65,590
Nevada
$65,290
Oregon
$65,190
Indiana
$63,820
Colorado
$63,340
Illinois
$63,160
Wyoming
$63,050
Washington
$62,290
California
$61,980
Vermont
$61,620
Idaho
$61,240
Arizona
$59,940
Minnesota
$59,520
Montana
$59,240
Pennsylvania
$58,760
New Hampshire
$58,300
Ohio
$57,690
Virginia
$56,930
Mississippi
$56,590
Nebraska
$55,500
Maine
$54,530
New Mexico
$53,860
Alabama
$53,500
Kentucky
$52,940
Utah
$52,910
South Dakota
$52,440
Georgia
$52,250
Wisconsin
$51,510
North Carolina
$50,640
South Carolina
$50,340
Arkansas
$49,540
Missouri
$48,980
Florida
$48,600
Oklahoma
$47,920
West Virginia
$38,760


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