Member’s Survey

Member Survey 2012

Highlights of the Employment and Consulting Portion of the Association of Professional Biology Survey

Using an online survey tool called “Obsurvey”, the APB board gave its members an opportunity to respond to a member survey. Conducted from November 15 to December 31, 2012, the survey addressed a variety of topics including annual conferences and training, member information, as well as employment and consulting. This summary reports on the results of the employment and consulting portion of the survey.


A total of 175 or approximately 21% of our members responded, although response rates are lower for various individual questions. In general, this is considered a good response percentage, as previous surveys have captured responses from less than 10% of members.

Key results of the survey on employment are summarized below:

  • The majority of our members work at a full time position (56.4%), but many are also self-employed (12.3%).
  • The majority of our employed members are working for large companies with greater than 50 employees (67.3%). Not surprisingly, those with more responsibility tended to report earning more money. About half of those surveyed, indicated they had access to other forms of income such as bonuses, dividends, overtime or profit sharing. Almost all received some type of additional benefits. Members commonly reported receiving medical, dental and vision plans as well as other health benefits and life insurance.
  • The majority of our employed members do not belong to a union (75.5%).
  • Employed members earned salaries that ranged from <$30,000 to >$100,000. $61,-000-$70,000 and over $100,000 were the two most common salary intervals reported.
  • Employed and Consulting Biologists with other professional designations tended to earn more.
  • The daily rate for biology consultants ranged from $200->$1600 per day. The most common charge out rate reported was $600-$800 per day. Those with more education and responsibility tended to charge a higher daily rate.
  • Both salaries and consulting rates tended to increase with years of experience, although salaries dropped for those with more than 30 years of experience.
  • There was a significant difference in both salary and consulting rates reported by female and male biology professionals. On average, employed women biologists reported earning a salary of $55,597 while males earned $73,281. Similarly, consulting female biologists charged an average rate of $428, while consulting male biologists charged $526 per day.
  • Of likely concern to our members, more than 20% of consultants reported a reduction in workload over the past year. The majority of respondents indicated a decrease of between 1%and 20% in workload.

Further detailed survey information can be found in the attached file.

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