Biologists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as biologists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since biologists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where biologists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for biologists. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s biologists:
So there you have it — Maryland is the best of the best when it comes to being a biologists.
How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for biologists and for more on the top ten states.
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:
So in order to find out the best states for biologists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well biologists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for biologists in California is $69,560 and the average salary in Oregon is $68,150, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for biologists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for biologists.
Total Jobs: 440
Average Annual Salary: $93,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,570
Average Experienced Salary: $138,870
Location Quotient: 1.29
Total Jobs: 550
Average Annual Salary: $61,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,810
Average Experienced Salary: $88,250
Location Quotient: 6.57
Total Jobs: 1,890
Average Annual Salary: $70,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,420
Average Experienced Salary: $108,370
Location Quotient: 4.89
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $67,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,530
Average Experienced Salary: $92,840
Location Quotient: 0.3
Total Jobs: 180
Average Annual Salary: $67,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,380
Average Experienced Salary: $108,510
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $66,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,120
Average Experienced Salary: $84,220
Location Quotient: 0.44
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $70,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,830
Average Experienced Salary: $102,940
Location Quotient: 0.29
Total Jobs: 630
Average Annual Salary: $68,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,260
Average Experienced Salary: $95,550
Location Quotient: 1.97
Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $61,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,380
Average Experienced Salary: $88,910
Location Quotient: 5.45
Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $68,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,330
Average Experienced Salary: $97,600
Location Quotient: 0.23
If you’re looking to start out your career as a biologist these are the states 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 states to be a biologist in America: