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Earnings
Because the career paths open to those with a degree in biology are so diverse, potential salaries also vary widely. 

According the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages of biochemists and biophysicists are $82,840 in the United States. The middle 50 percent earned between $59,260 and $108,950. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,320, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $139,440.

Median annual wages of biochemists and biophysicists employed in scientific research and development services are $85,870. Median annual wages of microbiologists are $64,350. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,330 and $87,040. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $111,300.

Median annual wages of zoologists and wildlife biologists are $55,290 in the United States. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,060 and $70,500. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $90,850.

In the Federal Government microbiologists earned an average annual salary of $97,264; ecologists, $84,283; physiologists, $109,323; geneticists, $99,752; zoologists, $116,908; and botanists, $72,792.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in July 2009 averaged $33,254 a year for bachelor's degree recipients in biological and life sciences.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by JGPerpich, LLC and the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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