In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average salary of a microbiologist at $66,260 per year or $31.86 per hour. At that time, salaries for a microbiologist could range from $20,000 a year to $100,000 per year depending on education and experience.
Microbiologists with bachelor's degrees but no experience can expect salaries at the low end of the range, while those with advanced degrees and years of experience can command salaries toward the upper end. For example, in 2006, a microbiologist with 5 to 8 years of experience earned an average of $70,567 while one with more than 8 years of experience earned an average of $79,952. Microbiologists working in the research industry typically have higher salaries than those working at universities, but salaries tend to rise quickly as experience increases.