Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $58K per year. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $63K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (40 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $87K per year on average.
Economists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $103K annually; Education Program Coordinators and Geographic Information Systems Analysts also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $76K and about $57K, respectively.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($92K per year) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; Charleston, S.C. (around $83K), Silver Spring, Md. ($82K), and Tampa, Fla. ($79K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $48K, Denver, Colo. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Washington earn the most, taking home approximately $92K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Regarding salaries and education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pays those with a Master of Science (MS), Meteorology the most — $87K.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be People Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $149K per year. A common skill in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's work force is Data Analysis; about one in four of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Geographic Information Systems, Statistical Analysis, and Construction Estimating.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (36 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides health insurance to nearly all respondents, and the larger part of employees do receive dental coverage. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees also enjoy perks such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.