Information About Microbiologists

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Training

Microbiologists need doctoral degree.

Degrees for Microbiologists
Training for Microbiologists
Percent
Less than High School 0.1
High School 0.9
Some College 2.6
Associates Degree 3.3
Bachelors Degree 43.2
Masters Degree 30.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 19.8

Employment

Represents about 16,000 people in the United States- 2.6% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more microbiologists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 7,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, microbiologists make $34.48 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Microbiologists $18.90 $22.90 $31.30 $43.30 $55.60
Life, physical, and social science occupations $15.00 $20.20 $28.50 $40.50 $54.60
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, microbiologists make $71,720 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Microbiologists $39,380 $47,660 $65,230 $90,150 $115,700
Life, physical, and social science occupations $31,310 $42,020 $59,330 $84,320 $113,620
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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