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Average Salary for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Employees

The typical salary at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is $84K annually. Though how long you've been working and your role at the company are influential salary factors for those at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, geography turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. Responses to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

How This Employer Pays

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration typically pays:
below market

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Employer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Meteorologist (3)
$59,082 - $180,965  
[-]Meteorologist (3)
Salary$56,924 - $164,342  
Total Pay$59,082 - $180,965  
[+]Cartographer (2)
$39,696 - $92,182  
[+]Cartographer (2)
Salary$41,782 - $80,462  
Bonus$206.38 - $4,180  
Total Pay$39,696 - $92,182  
[+]Economist (2)
$58,231 - $145,197  
[+]Economist (2)
Salary$60,102 - $139,854  
Bonus$630 - $17,106  
Total Pay$58,231 - $145,197  
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
$60,645 - $146,952  
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
Salary$59,110 - $139,125  
Total Pay$60,645 - $146,952  
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Median pay is highest in Seattle ($111K per year), followed by Woods Hole (around $104K), Binghamton ($95K), and Silver Spring ($87K). Expected earnings are below average (about $48K) in Denver, one of the lowest-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Massachusetts pays National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the most — approximately $104K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically around $56K. Broken down by tenure, the largest number of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees (30 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn $67K per year.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Marine Biologists, Economists, Meteorologists, and Cartographers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $104K, the other salaries come in at about $103K, approximately $90K, and $58K, respectively. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Geographic Information Systems Analysts (around $57K).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Geographic Information Systems s, who make $70K. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compensates Master of Science (MS), Meteorology-holders the most at $90K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be People Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $149K. Data Analysis is a popular skill among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Geographic Information Systems , Statistical Analysis, and Forecasting.

Benefits and Perks

35 percent receive paid vacation, and only 42 percent get sick leave. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance is part of the package for nearly all workers, and for most workers, dental coverage is too. Other privileges include a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

Key Stats

32 %
68 %
$58,063 - $88,820
$48,994 - $107,588
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

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