Average Salary for U.S. Marine Corps Employees

Operating out of Arlington, Va., U.S. Marine Corps employs talent in positions ranging from Intelligence Analyst to Avionics Technician. The average U.S. Marine Corps employee earns $49K per year. Your experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for U.S. Marine Corps workers, followed by what you do at the company and geography. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $31K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Marine Corps employees (34 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn $48K per year on average.


Earning approximately $60K annually on average, Logistics Managers receive the most money, followed by Intelligence Analysts (about $43K), Avionics Technicians ($38K), and Electronics Technicians (around $33K). On the lower end are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats at $21K on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($73K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (about $67K), San Diego, Calif. (approximately $57K), and Oceanside, Calif. ($49K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Jacksonville, N.C.; in fact, at around $36K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across U.S. Marine Corps' U.S. offices, employees in the state of Virginia earn the most, taking home about $88K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $108K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials; these people earn around $88K annually on average. Those with a Master of Arts (MA) at U.S. Marine Corps come out on top, and their salaries approach $103K per year.


Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $81K annually. Electronic Troubleshooting also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; roughly one in six of employees surveyed report using it at work. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Systems Troubleshooting, and Operations Management.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of U.S. Marine Corps' employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about one-half of employees receiving paid vacation and slightly less than a third of workers receiving sick leave. More than a third of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. U.S. Marine Corps provides health insurance to almost all respondents, and nearly all respondents do receive dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to gym membership, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

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