Botanist - Federal Salaries of 2021
Pay Rates for "Botanist"How much does a Botanist in the federal government get paid? $86,412.66* *Based on the 2021 average.
Botanist was the 300th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 273 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2021, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Botany, with an average salary of $76,837.
Government Botany jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Botany job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.
Agencies that have hired a Botanist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Bureau of Land Management||42||$84,330.17|
|National Park Service||27||$80,367.04|
|U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||19||$88,684.00|
|Agricultural Research Service||13||$124,805.23|
|Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service||13||$113,719.46|
|Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust)||8||$152,177.50|
|Agricultural Marketing Service||4||$96,395.50|
|Natural Resources Conservation Service||3||$125,330.00|
|National Institutes of Health||2||$83,337.50|
|Environmental Protection Agency||1||$104,350.00|
|Bureau of Reclamation||1||$102,404.00|
Botanist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Botanist is $86,412.66. The highest paid Botanist made $172,500 in 2021.
Common Botanist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Botany Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||270|
|EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109)||1|
|RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment||1|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10|
|Category:||Professional and Scientific|
|Occupation Family:||0400 NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES GROUP|
Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade
GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Botany jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.
|Occupation||Occupation Category||Starting Paygrade||Maximum Paygrade|
|Cargo Scheduling||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Industrial Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Entomology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Geography||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
Average Botany Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021
In 2004, the average pay for a Botanist was $59,946. Since then, the average pay has increased to $86,413 in 2021.
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