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Earnings for biological scientists vary extensively based on the type and size of their employer, the individual's level of education and experience, and the area of biology in which the scientist specializes. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that biologists earned the following median annual salaries in May 2018 by specialty: biochemistry and biophysics, $105,940; microbiology, $81,150; soil and plant science, $70,630; and zoology and wildlife biology, $67,760. The DOL reports that the median salary for biological scientists, not otherwise classified, was $79,590. Salaries for all biologists ranged from less thanĀ $45,030 to $126,390 or more.

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