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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,620
25th Percentile Wage
$49,580
50th Percentile Wage
$62,290
75th Percentile Wage
$77,540
90th Percentile Wage
$99,700

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 $99,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,620. 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 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$62,290
2.84% 7.35%
2016
$60,520
1.39% -
2015
$59,680
2.36% -
2014
$58,270
1.44% -
2013
$57,430
-0.49% -
2012
$57,710
- -

Table 2. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of zoologists and wildlife biologists 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 zoologists and wildlife biologists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $78,660. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $49,550).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$78,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,840
Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,050
Educational Services
$57,900
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,930
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,940
Manufacturing
$49,550

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 $41,350 to $104,270. The highest paying state for zoologists and wildlife biologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $104,270. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $41,350. 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
$104,270
Maryland
$101,110
Connecticut
$82,590
Rhode Island
$82,480
Massachusetts
$78,770
Alaska
$74,450
Louisiana
$72,250
Iowa
$72,100
North Dakota
$70,040
Oregon
$68,910
Hawaii
$68,290
Washington
$68,240
California
$68,230
New York
$67,760
Michigan
$67,710
Vermont
$67,590
Idaho
$66,240
Colorado
$66,220
Tennessee
$66,180
Texas
$65,180
New Jersey
$64,870
Nevada
$64,230
Indiana
$63,820
Wyoming
$62,790
Montana
$62,670
New Hampshire
$62,400
Pennsylvania
$62,400
Arizona
$61,240
Virginia
$59,670
Minnesota
$59,520
Nebraska
$57,850
Georgia
$57,610
Illinois
$56,620
Maine
$56,050
Kentucky
$55,600
Mississippi
$55,380
Alabama
$54,660
North Carolina
$54,130
Ohio
$54,000
Utah
$52,930
South Dakota
$52,310
South Carolina
$52,220
Wisconsin
$51,930
Kansas
$51,810
New Mexico
$51,450
Missouri
$50,030
Arkansas
$49,190
Oklahoma
$47,920
Florida
$46,330
Guam
$45,890
West Virginia
$41,350



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