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How Much Does a Biological Scientist Earn In The United States?

Biological Scientist Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
$38,000
$57,000
$86,000
Biological scientists in the United States make an average salary of $57,896 per year or $27.83 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $86,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Nevada provide the highest biological scientist salaries.
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Where Biological Scientists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where biological scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Biological Scientists Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a biological scientist is roughly $57,896 per year, which boils down to $27.83 per hour. Interestingly enough, biological scientists have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $78,274 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $51,000. Additionally, biological scientists make more than the average salary in New York, NY, East Orange, NJ, Frederick, MD, Seattle, WA, and Boston, MA. On a more broad level, biological scientist salaries are highest in New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Washington. On the contrary, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Delaware offer the lowest biological scientist salaries.
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1. San Francisco, CA
$78,274
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2. New York, NY
$76,174
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$32k
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3. East Orange, NJ
$72,883
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$32k
$100k
4. Frederick, MD
$71,252
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$32k
$100k
5. Seattle, WA
$70,043
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$32k
$100k
6. Boston, MA
$66,118
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$32k
$100k

High Paying Biological Scientist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Biological Scientists The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Grail and Sanofi US as they offer the highest salaries for biological scientists.
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How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

Dr. Howard Whiteman

Professor of Biological Sciences, Director of the Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University

Poor. Right now, people in these fields are not in it for the money; they do it because they have a passion for conservation, or science, or both. I do not see that changing shortly, but hope springs eternal.Show more

How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

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Dr. Joseph Ng Ph.D.

Professor, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Salary will range tremendously on whether you will be working in academia, industry, government, or self-employed. I think those who are involved in education hold one of the most critical positions. I say this, not because I happen to be an educator, but because knowing truth, facts, and thinking, and being creative have never been so critical as today. Unfortunately, the average salary of those in teaching is still in the low end. But I must say, that being a leader in technology will be short-lived without good instructors at any educational level. Biotechnology is no exception. I urge graduates to pursue a field that they are passionate about and render a positive long-term impact, instead of salary numbers. Job satisfaction and having meaning in what you do will rate your starting salaries.Show more

Biological Scientist Salary History

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    Recently Added Biological Scientist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Biological Scientist II
    Biological Scientist II
    Gainesville, FL
    Gainesville, FL
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $38,000
    $38,000
    01/29/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    OPS Biological Scientist III
    OPS Biological Scientist III
    OPS Biological Scientist III
    Arcadia, CA
    Arcadia, CA
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $43,827
    $43,827
    01/27/2021
    Biological Scientist IV
    Biological Scientist IV
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    01/23/2021
    01/23/2021
    $43,507
    $43,507
    01/23/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Ops-Biological Scientist I
    Ops-Biological Scientist I
    Ops-Biological Scientist I
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jacksonville, FL
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    01/21/2021
    Molecular Biology Scientist II _
    Molecular Biology Scientist II _
    Carlsbad, CA
    Carlsbad, CA
    01/15/2021
    01/15/2021
    $73,045
    $73,045
    01/15/2021
    Scientist-Biologocal
    Scientist-Biologocal
    West Sacramento, CA
    West Sacramento, CA
    01/13/2021
    01/13/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    01/13/2021
    Biological Scientist III
    Biological Scientist III
    Gainesville, FL
    Gainesville, FL
    12/25/2020
    12/25/2020
    $39,000
    $39,000
    12/25/2020
    Biological Scientist IV
    Biological Scientist IV
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    12/24/2020
    12/24/2020
    $33,377
    $33,377
    12/24/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Biological Scientist IV
    Biological Scientist IV
    Biological Scientist IV
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    12/23/2020
    12/23/2020
    $33,377
    $33,377
    12/23/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    F & W Biological Scientist III
    F & W Biological Scientist III
    F & W Biological Scientist III
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    11/26/2020
    11/26/2020
    $75,990
    $75,990
    11/26/2020