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.