Average Salary for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Employees

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees bring home $68K per year on average. Your experience level is weighted most heavily when it comes to salary consideration at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; geography has a (lesser) effect as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $64K annually on average. The largest slice of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workforce (41 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $64K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $89K annually) can be spotted in Newport, Ore.; Seattle, Wash. (about $80K), Silver Spring, Md. (approximately $70K), and Tampa, Fla. ($67K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($63K) in Washington, DC, one of the lowest-paid cities. Across National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Oregon earn the most, taking home approximately $89K per year.


Bringing in the most money are Electronics Technicians — their earnings average $65K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

FCC License Holders receive bigger paychecks ($65K per year) than those without credentials. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awards around $90K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be System Administration; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $86K annually. Data Analysis also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers are also familiar with Electronic Equipment Installation, Engineering Design, and Technical Writing.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can sometimes lack paid time off; half of respondents get paid vacation days, and 43 percent receive paid sick leave. A majority of respondents contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. The vast majority of survey participants receive health insurance, and a majority of workers get dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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$42,894 - $74,680

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
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