Microbiologist - Federal Salaries of 2021
Pay Rates for "Microbiologist"How much does a Microbiologist in the federal government get paid? $121,129.66* *Based on the 2021 average.
Microbiologist was the 119th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 1,857 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2021, the Food and Drug Administration hired the most employees titled Microbiology, with an average salary of $125,757.
Government Microbiology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Microbiology 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 Microbiologist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Food and Drug Administration||614||$125,756.75|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||424||$109,315.55|
|Agricultural Research Service||235||$118,227.32|
|National Institutes of Health||224||$149,778.12|
|Food Safety and Inspection Service||104||$102,115.65|
|Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service||73||$102,931.41|
|Environmental Protection Agency||59||$122,108.98|
|Veterans Health Administration||45||$119,214.78|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration||14||$120,013.00|
|Agricultural Marketing Service||6||$80,769.50|
|Federal Bureau of Investigation||6||$133,009.17|
|Science and Technology Directorate||5||$139,111.00|
|Health Resources and Services Administration||4||$117,568.00|
|Department of Energy||3||$165,312.00|
|National Institute of Standards and Technology||2||$135,772.00|
|Bureau of Industry and Security||2||$162,541.00|
|Department of State||1||$0.00|
|U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||1||$95,215.00|
Microbiologist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Microbiologist is $121,129.66. The highest paid Microbiologist made $272,538 in 2021.
Common Microbiologist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Microbiology Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||1,469|
|RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment||230|
|RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose||78|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||28|
|ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional||16|
|RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service||12|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||8|
|EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109)||4|
|GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions||3|
|ST - Scientific And Professional||3|
|EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109)||3|
|RA - Department Of Agriculture Positions In The Senior Scientific Research Service||2|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$146,757.00 / 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 Microbiology 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|
|Financial Analysis||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Environmental Protection Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Patent Classifying||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Educational Therapist||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Trade Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
Average Microbiology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021
In 2004, the average pay for a Microbiologist was $81,668. Since then, the average pay has increased to $121,130 in 2021.
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