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Toxicologist Average Salary in United States 2022

How much money does a Toxicologist make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
104,000 USD
( 8,660 USD monthly)


A person working as a Toxicologist in United States typically earns around 104,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 54,100 USD (lowest) to 159,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Toxicologist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Toxicologist Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Toxicologist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Toxicologist salaries in United States range from 54,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 159,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 99,800 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Toxicologist(s) are earning less than 99,800 USD while the other half are earning more than 99,800 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Toxicologist(s) are earning less than 69,200 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 69,200 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Toxicologist(s) are earning less than 124,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 124,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Toxicologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Toxicologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Toxicologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 61,400 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 82,400 USD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 107,000 USD per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Toxicologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 130,000 USD per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 142,000 USD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 149,000 USD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Toxicologist average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
61,400 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
82,400 USD
5 - 10 Years+30%
107,000 USD
10 - 15 Years+21%
130,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
142,000 USD
20+ Years+5%
149,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Toxicologist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Toxicologist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Toxicologist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Toxicologist is 79,300 USD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 98,200 USD per year, 24% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 157,000 USD per year, 60% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Toxicologist average salary difference by education level in United States

Bachelor's Degree
79,300 USD
Master's Degree+24%
98,200 USD
157,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Toxicologist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Toxicologist
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Toxicologist employees in United States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

107,000 USD
102,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Toxicologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Toxicologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Toxicologist(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Toxicologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Toxicologist
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A Toxicologist is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Toxicologist Average Hourly Wage in United States

50 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 50 USD. This means that the average Toxicologist in United States earns approximately 50 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Toxicologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Toxicologist and Environmental yearly United States
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The average salary for Toxicologist is 4% more than that of Environmental. Also, Environmental salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Environment Advisor130,000 USD+25%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist159,000 USD+53%
Environmental Compliance Inspector63,700 USD-39%
Environmental Coordinator52,500 USD-50%
Environmental Economist151,000 USD+45%
Environmental Educator119,000 USD+14%
Environmental Engineer86,900 USD-16%
Environmental Health Practitioner158,000 USD+52%
Environmental Manager154,000 USD+48%
Environmental Officer49,700 USD-52%
Environmental Planner63,300 USD-39%
Environmental Protection Officer46,400 USD-55%
Environmental Restoration Planner90,600 USD-13%
Environmental Scientist156,000 USD+50%
Environmental Services Coordinator52,100 USD-50%
Environmental Specialist69,300 USD-33%
Environmental Superintendent61,000 USD-41%
Environmental Technician47,500 USD-54%
Forestry Consultant109,000 USD+5%
Forestry Supervisor72,400 USD-30%
Geologist162,000 USD+56%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner163,000 USD+57%
Toxicologist104,000 USD+0%
Waste Management Manager145,000 USD+39%
Waste Tracking Specialist118,000 USD+13%
Water Treatment Superintendent80,600 USD-22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta98,800 USD
Austin114,000 USD
Baltimore102,000 USD
Boston107,000 USD
Bristol84,200 USD
Chicago123,000 USD
Cincinnati89,400 USD
Cleveland92,500 USD
Dallas116,000 USD
Denver109,000 USD
Detroit106,000 USD
Honolulu90,500 USD
Houston122,000 USD
Indianapolis111,000 USD
Iowa City85,300 USD
Jacksonville113,000 USD
Kansas City99,800 USD
Kent86,300 USD
Las Vegas103,000 USD
Long Beach97,700 USD
Los Angeles124,000 USD
Memphis105,000 USD
Miami96,700 USD
Minneapolis94,600 USD
New Orleans93,600 USD
New York125,000 USD
Oakland95,700 USD
Oklahoma City104,000 USD
Orlando88,400 USD
Philadelphia120,000 USD
Phoenix121,000 USD
Sacramento101,000 USD
San Antonio119,000 USD
San Diego117,000 USD
San Francisco112,000 USD
San Jose115,000 USD
Seattle110,000 USD
Tampa91,500 USD
Vancouver87,300 USD
Washington D.C.108,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama107,000 USD
Alaska93,600 USD
Arizona111,000 USD
Arkansas103,000 USD
California117,000 USD
Colorado106,000 USD
Connecticut103,000 USD
Delaware95,700 USD
District of Columbia93,600 USD
Florida116,000 USD
Georgia114,000 USD
Hawaii97,700 USD
Idaho97,700 USD
Illinois115,000 USD
Indiana110,000 USD
Iowa102,000 USD
Kansas102,000 USD
Kentucky105,000 USD
Louisiana105,000 USD
Maine96,700 USD
Maryland109,000 USD
Massachusetts109,000 USD
Michigan113,000 USD
Minnesota107,000 USD
Mississippi101,000 USD
Missouri108,000 USD
Montana95,700 USD
Nebraska98,800 USD
Nevada101,000 USD
New Hampshire96,700 USD
New Jersey112,000 USD
New Mexico99,800 USD
New York116,000 USD
North Carolina113,000 USD
North Dakota92,500 USD
Ohio114,000 USD
Oklahoma104,000 USD
Oregon104,000 USD
Pennsylvania115,000 USD
Rhode Island94,600 USD
South Carolina106,000 USD
South Dakota94,600 USD
Tennessee110,000 USD
Texas117,000 USD
Utah99,800 USD
Vermont92,500 USD
Virginia112,000 USD
Washington111,000 USD
West Virginia98,800 USD
Wisconsin108,000 USD
Wyoming91,500 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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