Average Salary for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Employees

The average employee at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration takes home $83K per year. Where you live influences pay for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers the most, followed by your experience level and your role at the company. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Read More

How This Employer Pays

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration typically pays:
below market

We couldn't find any similar companies in our data. Do you work at a similar company?

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)
$59,684 - $173,746  
[-]Meteorologist (3)
Salary$59,859 - $169,281  
Total Pay$59,684 - $173,746  
[+]Education Program Coordinator (2)
$43,475 - $103,441  
[+]Education Program Coordinator (2)
Salary$46,001 - $97,579  
Total Pay$43,475 - $103,441  
[+]Economist (2)
$56,046 - $149,723  
[+]Economist (2)
Salary$60,104 - $157,662  
Bonus$767 - $14,793  
Total Pay$56,046 - $149,723  
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
$60,178 - $147,413  
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
Salary$61,063 - $132,590  
Total Pay$60,178 - $147,413  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
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: 2 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

About This Company

Freebase CC-BY Source: Freebase, licensed under CC-BY


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $104K annually) can be spotted in Woods Hole, Mass.; Seattle, Wash. (about $95K), Binghamton, N.Y. (around $95K), and Charleston, S.C. ($83K) are the next top-paying cities. Denver, Colo. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $48K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Massachusetts pays National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the most — $104K per year on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $56K annually. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $64K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $88K annually on average.


Marine Biologists earn the highest median pay at $104K per year, followed by Economists (about $103K), Meteorologists ($90K), and Education Program Coordinators ($76K). On the lower end are Geographic Information Systems Analysts at approximately $57K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Geographic Information Systems receive bigger paychecks ($70K annually) than those without credentials. At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, employees who hold a Master of Science (MS), Meteorology receive the highest salaries at $90K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be People Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $149K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is Data Analysis, with approximately one in four considering it a key competency. Key skills also include Geographic Information Systems, Statistical Analysis, and Forecasting.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about 35 percent receiving paid vacation and more than two-fifths of workers receiving sick leave. The larger part of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of survey participants, and for the larger part of employees, dental coverage is too. Perks also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and optional telecommute / work from home.

Key Stats for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


31 %
69 %
$68,063 - $91,475
$49,125 - $106,882
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
United States (change)

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Recent Blog Posts on Career News

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.