The average salary for a marine biologist is around $52,000; the job is highly varied, biologists can find themselves working for industry and educational institutions, alongside geologists assessing risks for deep water drilling, consulting for government agencies determining the pollutants and damage to the environment or developing new products out of marine plants, as outlined by PayScale. On a purely scientific level, marine biologists study patterns in the ocean, analyzing the behavior of wildlife as well as researching their genetics and origins.
A typical career path for marine biologists starts with a bachelor's degree in biology and then going back to school to study for a masters or PhD in marine biology. Non-profit organizations employ marine biologists along with those who have a degree in chemistry, natural resource management, agriculture and oceanography, as explained by Salary.com.
The job is an active endeavor, combining field research with statistics and science. Many marine biologists find themselves out at sea, braving the elements and performing cutting edge research alongside their peers in the field.
While the average salary is high, a large percent of those who work in Marine Biology are paid according to what the foundation that sponsors a project can pay, many rely on grants for funding in order to augment their salaries.