These Are The 10 Best States For Biologists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Maryland
  2. Idaho
  3. Washington
  4. Tennessee
  5. Mississippi
  6. Michigan
  7. Louisiana
  8. Colorado
  9. Montana
  10. Texas

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.

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How we determined the best states to be a biologist

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 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:

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

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.

1. Maryland

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 440
Average Annual Salary: $93,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,570
Average Experienced Salary: $138,870
Location Quotient: 1.29

2. Idaho

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 550
Average Annual Salary: $61,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,810
Average Experienced Salary: $88,250
Location Quotient: 6.57

3. Washington

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,890
Average Annual Salary: $70,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,420
Average Experienced Salary: $108,370
Location Quotient: 4.89

4. Tennessee

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $67,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,530
Average Experienced Salary: $92,840
Location Quotient: 0.3

5. Mississippi

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 180
Average Annual Salary: $67,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,380
Average Experienced Salary: $108,510
Location Quotient: 1.22

6. Michigan

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $66,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,120
Average Experienced Salary: $84,220
Location Quotient: 0.44

7. Louisiana

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $70,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,830
Average Experienced Salary: $102,940
Location Quotient: 0.29

8. Colorado

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 630
Average Annual Salary: $68,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,260
Average Experienced Salary: $95,550
Location Quotient: 1.97

9. Montana

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $61,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,380
Average Experienced Salary: $88,910
Location Quotient: 5.45

10. Texas

Best States For Biologists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $68,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,330
Average Experienced Salary: $97,600
Location Quotient: 0.23

There You Have It

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:

  1. New York
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Hawaii

Detailed List Of The Best States For Biologists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Maryland $93,070 $58,570 440
2 Idaho $61,240 $39,810 550
3 Washington $70,210 $43,420 1,890
4 Tennessee $67,300 $43,530 110
5 Mississippi $67,930 $32,380 180
6 Michigan $66,820 $46,120 240
7 Louisiana $70,420 $44,830 70
8 Colorado $68,200 $45,260 630
9 Montana $61,950 $46,380 320
10 Texas $68,700 $42,330 340
11 Rhode Island $84,980 $58,590 40
12 Wyoming $57,710 $40,260 350
13 Alabama $62,490 $41,390 100
14 Illinois $66,160 $43,810 200
15 Utah $58,060 $38,950 280
16 Nebraska $58,270 $40,620 150
17 Connecticut $91,240 $58,680 80
18 Iowa $65,110 $48,250 80
19 North Carolina $59,280 $37,760 370
20 Oregon $68,150 $47,090 930
21 Nevada $63,870 $44,420 250
22 Arkansas $52,650 $37,400 160
23 New Mexico $59,290 $41,830 140
24 Arizona $61,080 $41,190 390
25 Massachusetts $84,120 $44,780 270
26 Missouri $54,490 $36,150 300
27 Alaska $74,660 $50,950 750
28 Ohio $59,130 $35,300 140
29 Minnesota $58,050 $41,190 680
30 Indiana $59,800 $33,320 70
31 Virginia $59,270 $36,360 270
32 Vermont $65,690 $45,350 110
33 Georgia $51,670 $32,650 420
34 Pennsylvania $60,000 $40,150 220
35 Maine $56,390 $42,220 250
36 South Dakota $53,830 $35,480 190
37 Wisconsin $53,800 $34,310 350
38 California $69,560 $42,300 2,260
39 Florida $51,330 $32,380 1,570
40 North Dakota $53,910 $24,280 130
41 West Virginia $47,300 $26,950 110
42 Oklahoma $48,700 $18,630 160
43 South Carolina $52,960 $33,800 220
44 Kentucky $47,060 $33,500 240
45 New Jersey $72,420 $36,450 130
46 Hawaii $74,680 $45,100 150
47 New Hampshire $55,300 $36,240 110
48 New York $66,700 $40,890 420