Average Salary for U.S. Marine Corps Employees

Operating out of Arlington, Va., U.S. Marine Corps employs talent in positions ranging from Avionics Technician to Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combat. Compensation for U.S. Marine Corps employees is around $52K annually on average. U.S. Marine Corps paychecks are largely negotiated based on your city, though how long you've been working and your job title are also considered. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $79K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (approximately $60K), Oceanside, Calif. ($59K), and San Diego, Calif. ($52K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Camp Lejeune, N.C. — at around $20K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. U.S. Marine Corps workers in District of Columbia earn the most — $85K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $37K per year. The largest slice of the U.S. Marine Corps workforce (36 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, around $51K annually.


Network Administrators represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $68K per year — though Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats, Electronics Technicians, and Avionics Technicians also do fairly well at $46K, $42K, and approximately $40K, respectively. Financial compensation for Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats is rather low — on average only about $24K — relative to the rest of the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $89K annually for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a CompTIA Security+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make $72K on average. U.S. Marine Corps workers who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) are also well compensated, earning around $79K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $61K per year. Microsoft Office is regularly seen around here; around one in seven of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, and Inventory Management were also reported by many survey participants.


U.S. Marine Corps' employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but U.S. Marine Corps hands out more vacation days than sick days; a little over a half of workers report receiving the former, but only 29 percent report receiving the latter. Around two in five workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). U.S. Marine Corps provides health insurance to almost all respondents, and nearly all respondents do receive dental coverage. U.S. Marine Corps employees also enjoy perks such as gym membership, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

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