Average Salary for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Employees

The average employee at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration takes home $68K annually. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though how long you've been working and geography are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Median Salary by Job


Environmental Scientist
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Electronics Technician
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Senior Mechanical Engineer
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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Jun 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 27
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Senior Mechanical Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $110K per year — though Environmental Scientists and Electronics Technicians also do fairly well at $67K and $66K, respectively.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $62K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $65K per year. The largest fraction of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration people (38 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn approximately $69K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($89K per year) can be spotted in Newport, Ore.; Seattle, Wash. ($83K), Tampa, Fla. ($68K), and Washington, DC (about $63K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Oregon, where the average salary is approximately $89K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach around $110K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to about $78K annually for accredited Engineer in Trainings. It pays to have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — these employees make the most at $85K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Engineering Design; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $111K annually. Data Analysis is a popular skill among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers, with around one in four of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Technical Writing, Project Management, and Environmental Compliance were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only two-fifths of respondents receiving paid vacation and one in three survey participants receiving paid sick days. A little more than half of workers participate in a 401(k) program. The vast majority of employees have health insurance, and benefits for the larger part of respondents also include dental insurance. Advantages of working here also include flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a company cell phone.

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