Average Salary: $50,520
Expected Lifetime Earnings: $2,109,000
Ecologists pull down an average salary of around $70k a year, with the low end nudging $40k and the top a smidgen over $100k.
Income, or lack thereof, also depends on where the ecologist works. State government salaries were in the mid-$50,000s. If they go into private industry and toil with architects and engineers, the salaries rise to the mid-$60,000s.