These Are The 10 Best Cities For Zoologists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Zoologist, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer zoologists the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where zoologists get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for zoologist. The result is this list of the best cities for zoologists:

  1. Logan, UT
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Gulfport, MS
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. Fairbanks, AK
  6. Bellingham, WA
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Anchorage, AK
  9. Yakima, WA
  10. Walla Walla, WA

So there you have it — Logan is the best city when it comes to being a zoologist.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a zoologist? That would be Jacksonville.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for zoologist and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a zoologist?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for zoologist in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well zoologist get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 79 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 79 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for zoologists in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for zoologists.

1. Logan, UT

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Total Jobs: 30
Average Annual Salary: $88,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,420
Location Quotient: 4.63

2. Silver Spring, MD

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Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $97,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,190
Location Quotient: 3.48

3. Gulfport, MS

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $95,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $74,950
Location Quotient: 2.13

4. Fort Collins, CO

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 90
Average Annual Salary: $79,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,850
Location Quotient: 5.0

5. Fairbanks, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $71,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,850
Location Quotient: 19.33

6. Bellingham, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 30
Average Annual Salary: $75,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,440
Location Quotient: 3.17

7. Seattle, WA

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Total Jobs: 720
Average Annual Salary: $82,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,250
Location Quotient: 3.6

8. Anchorage, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $72,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,940
Location Quotient: 9.3

9. Yakima, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $70,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,710
Location Quotient: 5.24

10. Walla Walla, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $67,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,390
Location Quotient: 11.4

And that’s our list of the best cities for zoologists.

If you’re looking to start out your career as a zoologist these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a zoologist in America:

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
  3. West Palm Beach, FL

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Zoologist.

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Logan, UT $88,160 $53,420 30
2 Silver Spring, MD $97,500 $69,190 260
3 Gulfport, MS $95,230 $74,950 40
4 Fort Collins, CO $79,620 $52,850 90
5 Fairbanks, AK $71,520 $52,850 100
6 Bellingham, WA $75,860 $52,440 30
7 Seattle, WA $82,410 $46,250 720
8 Anchorage, AK $72,500 $50,940 210
9 Yakima, WA $70,950 $48,710 60
10 Walla Walla, WA $67,520 $43,390 40
11 Bremerton, WA $73,780 $46,520 40
12 Lansing, MI $67,350 $51,900 60
13 Portland, OR $75,070 $47,720 320
14 Olympia, WA $62,800 $44,370 260
15 Knoxville, TN $73,870 $44,590 50
16 Lewiston, ID $52,890 $44,340 40
17 Providence, RI $83,040 $56,450 50
18 Reno, NV $70,540 $50,070 40
19 Spokane, WA $64,160 $46,350 80
20 Fort Worth, TX $73,820 $55,930 30
21 Flagstaff, AZ $59,590 $42,490 80
22 Rapid City, SD $55,770 $36,390 70
23 Dallas, TX $72,100 $51,540 40
24 Missoula, MT $59,930 $35,920 60
25 Boise City, ID $62,380 $31,770 210
26 Corvallis, OR $63,930 $37,510 140
27 Newark, NJ $79,190 $54,560 40
28 Bangor, ME $57,690 $41,910 70
29 Miami, FL $78,830 $41,990 100
30 Mount Vernon, WA $55,170 $41,580 60
31 Urban Honolulu, HI $79,630 $47,830 120
32 Colorado Springs, CO $64,830 $50,840 30
33 Albuquerque, NM $62,720 $40,260 40
34 Chicago, IL $68,810 $50,010 120
35 Raleigh, NC $67,010 $38,510 80
36 Duluth, MN $56,490 $42,610 70
37 Boulder, CO $65,510 $39,940 90
38 Burlington, VT $57,020 $42,930 40
39 Santa Rosa, CA $80,410 $38,080 30
40 Austin, TX $62,670 $42,150 30
41 Tucson, AZ $64,360 $38,680 60
42 Oakland, CA $68,710 $46,990 130
43 Las Vegas, NV $69,030 $43,180 50
44 San Rafael, CA $63,430 $41,580 70
45 Denver, CO $66,830 $42,080 160
46 Provo, UT $49,450 $40,400 40
47 San Diego, CA $67,650 $40,890 480
48 Charleston, SC $56,530 $34,050 70
49 Sacramento, CA $65,960 $43,940 210
50 Salt Lake City, UT $57,270 $40,000 50
51 Gainesville, FL $54,840 $33,980 110
52 St. Louis, MO $59,230 $35,880 80
53 Minneapolis, MN $57,830 $39,990 280
54 Ithaca, NY $60,790 $37,960 40
55 Columbus, OH $56,370 $36,280 40
56 Houston, TX $76,100 $30,680 80
57 Richmond, VA $59,990 $46,040 30
58 Worcester, MA $64,340 $46,610 30
59 Little Rock, AR $44,510 $37,050 40
60 Tallahassee, FL $48,520 $33,930 130
61 Columbia, SC $52,900 $36,260 30
62 Boston, MA $79,480 $42,950 60
63 Baltimore, MD $81,710 $35,660 60
64 Nassau County, NY $73,750 $44,390 60
65 Phoenix, AZ $60,000 $38,320 160
66 Sebring, FL $41,300 $31,760 30
67 Harrisburg, PA $50,630 $34,490 70
68 Madison, WI $50,500 $33,110 120
69 Wilmington, NC $49,780 $31,600 30
70 Tampa, FL $50,760 $32,120 510
71 Jackson, MS $47,220 $31,460 40
72 New York, NY $69,030 $43,670 130
73 Virginia Beach, VA $50,890 $32,670 140
74 Atlanta, GA $50,290 $30,370 200
75 Fort Lauderdale, FL $54,640 $33,250 50
76 Bakersfield, CA $48,320 $31,740 50
77 West Palm Beach, FL $47,440 $31,310 60
78 Oklahoma City, OK $43,780 $16,790 50
79 Jacksonville, FL $50,990 $30,370 40