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Marine Biologists


Salaries vary quite a lot depending on factors such as the person's level of education, the type of work (research, teaching, etc.), the size, location, and type of employer (for example, large university, government agency, or private company), and the person's level of work experience. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, those with bachelor's degree in science or mathematics received average starting salaries of $48,127 in September 2015. The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography reports that those with bachelor's degrees may start out working for federal government agencies at the pay grades GS-5 to GS-7. In 2015, yearly earnings at the GS-5 level ranged from $27,982 to $36,379, and yearly earnings at the GS-7 level ranged from $34,662 to $45,057. College biological science teachers (including those who specialize in marine science) had median annual salaries of $75,320 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $41,170 to more than $149,710. Marine biologists who hold top-ranking positions and have much experience, such as senior research scientists, may earn higher salaries.

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