How much does a Biologist I make in the United States? The average Biologist I salary in the United States is $57,150 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $51,762 and $64,512. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Biologist I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Biologist I Salary $46,857 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Biologist I Salary $51,762 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Biologist I Salary $57,150 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Biologist I Salary $64,512 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Biologist I Salary $71,214 US April 24, 2024
25% $51,762 10% $46,857 90% $71,214 75% $64,512 $57,150 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Analysis: Analysis is the process of considering something carefully or using statistical methods in order to understand it or explain it.


Microbiology: Microbiology (from Greek μῑκρος, mīkros, "small"; βίος, bios, "life"; and -λογία, -logia) is the study of microorganisms, those being unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells). Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, parasitology, mycology and bacteriology. Eukaryotic microorganisms possess membrane-bound cell organelles and include fungi and protists, whereas prokaryotic organisms—all of which are microorganisms—are conventionally classified as lacking membrane-bound organelles and include Bacteria and Archaea. Microbiologists traditionally relied on culture, staining, and microscopy. However, less than 1% of the microorganisms present in common environments can be cultured in isolation using current means. Microbiologists often rely on molecular biology tools such as DNA sequence based identification, for example 16s rRNA gene sequence used for bacteria identification.


SOP: SOP is A standard operating procedure is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out routine operations.

Analysis 11.35%
Microbiology 2.53%
SOP 1.89%
Others 84.23%

Job Description for Biologist I

Biologist I studies the basic principles of plant and animal life and the effects of varying environmental and physical conditions such as radioactivity or pollution. Studies reactions of plants, animals, and marine species to parasites, bacteria, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Being a Biologist I requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. To be a Biologist I typically requires 0-2 years of related experience. Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. Work is closely managed. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Career Path for Biologist I

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Biologist I, the first career path typically progresses to Agronomist.

The second career path typically starts with a Biologist II position, and then progresses to Biologist IV.

The third career path typically starts with a Microbiologist II position, and then progresses to Microbiologist IV.

Additionally, the fourth career path typically starts with a Hydrologist position, and then progresses to Meteorologist.

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Biologist I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Biologist I, the highest Biologist I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Biologist I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Biologist I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Biologist I salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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