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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. Employees at U.S. Marine Corps make $52K annually on average. At U.S. Marine Corps, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is where you live — it impacts salary more than anything else — though how long you've been working and what you do at the company each factor into the equation as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Marine Corps typically pays:
below market
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Employer: U.S. Marine Corps
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About This Company

Arlington, Virginia 

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $85K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. ($60K), Oceanside, Calif. (approximately $55K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $55K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($20K) in Camp Lejeune, N.C., one of the lowest-paid cities. Within the firm, employees working in District of Columbia take home the most — $89K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $36K per year on average. The largest slice of the U.S. Marine Corps workforce (34 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, around $51K annually.


Bringing in the most money are Supply Chain Managers — their earnings average $55K per year. Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats are a close second at $46K along with Avionics Technicians ($44K) and Electronics Technicians (about $42K). Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats make an average $24K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals earn around $89K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Becoming a CompTIA Security+ Expert can certainly pay off here; those folks make $70K on average. U.S. Marine Corps compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at about $79K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $81K annually. Microsoft Office also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; close to one-seventh of employees surveyed report using it at work. Electronic Troubleshooting, Operations Management, and Systems Troubleshooting were also reported by many survey participants.


At U.S. Marine Corps, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

A little over a half of workers can rely on paid vacation days, but only 30 percent have the luxury of paid sick time. Over a third of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. At U.S. Marine Corps, a large number of workers have health insurance, and most employees have dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


7 %
93 %
$25,532 - $69,622
$23,749 - $70,859
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

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