When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($104K annually) can be spotted in Woods Hole, Mass.; Binghamton, N.Y. (approximately $95K), Seattle, Wash. ($92K), and Charleston, S.C. (around $83K) are the next top-paying cities. Denver, Colo. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $48K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Washington, where the average salary is $92K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $63K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $58K per year. Overall, the greater share of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $87K annually.
Marine Biologists rake in the most money, with average earnings of $104K per year; Economists come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $103K, while Meteorologists and Education Program Coordinators rank near the top as well (about $90K and $76K, respectively). Near the bottom at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are Geographic Information Systems Analysts, pulling in an average of just $57K.
Certifications and Degrees
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS), Meteorology — these employees rake in about $90K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be People Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $149K per year. Data Analysis is a popular skill among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers, with nearly one in four of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Three more common skills are Geographic Information Systems, Statistical Analysis, and Forecasting.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 35 percent receiving paid vacation and 42 percent receiving paid sick days. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Nearly all respondents have health insurance, and benefits for the larger part of respondents also include dental insurance. Some other advantages of working at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.