Average Salary for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Employees

The median income for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees is $84K per year. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but your experience level and your role at the company affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration typically pays:
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below market

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Employer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
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$0$60K$120K$180K
[-]Meteorologist (3)
$57,437 - $177,489  
   
[-]Meteorologist (3)
Salary$59,273 - $154,784  
   
Total Pay$57,437 - $177,489  
[+]Cartographer (2)
$40,208 - $93,409  
   
[+]Cartographer (2)
Salary$43,582 - $82,084  
   
Bonus$190.61 - $4,199  
Total Pay$40,208 - $93,409  
[+]Economist (2)
$56,924 - $144,968  
   
[+]Economist (2)
Salary$63,040 - $139,222  
   
Bonus$668 - $16,318  
Total Pay$56,924 - $144,968  
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
$57,480 - $149,723  
   
[+]Marine Biologist (2)
Salary$60,153 - $135,417  
   
Total Pay$57,480 - $149,723  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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About This Company


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Locations

When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($111K annually) can be spotted in Seattle; Woods Hole (around $104K), Binghamton ($95K), and Silver Spring ($87K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Denver; in fact, at approximately $48K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Massachusetts, where the average National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employee makes about $104K per year.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make $56K. Overall, the greater share of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration folks have five to nine years of experience and earn about $67K annually.

Jobs

Marine Biologists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $104K — though Economists, Meteorologists, and Cartographers also do fairly well at approximately $103K, $90K, and $58K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are Geographic Information Systems Analysts — typical salaries for this role approach around $57K.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to $70K for Certified Geographic Information Systems, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Meteorology; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awards about $90K to these degree-holders.

Skills

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. A common skill in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's work force is Data Analysis; just over one in five of survey participants report using it on the job. Key skills also include Geographic Information Systems, Statistical Analysis, and Forecasting.

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gives paid vacation to 35 percent and paid sick leave to 42 percent. With an eye toward the future, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides health insurance to the vast majority of workers, and a fair portion of workers do receive dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

Key Stats for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %
Salary
$58,063 - $88,820
Salary
$48,994 - $107,588
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

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