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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Pay Salary

The median annual wage of zoologists and wildlife biologists was $57,430 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,660, and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,450.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of zoologists and wildlife biologists in May 2010 were:

Federal government, excluding postal service$71,110
Research and development in the physical, engineering,
and life sciences
State government, excluding education and hospitals     52,360
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services     50,040

Most zoologists and wildlife biologists work full time. They may work long or irregular hours when doing fieldwork.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition