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 Intelligence Analyst. A salary of $49K per year is the median rate at U.S. Marine Corps. For the most part, employee paychecks at U.S. Marine Corps fluctuate depending on your experience level; your role at the company and where you live also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $47K annually. The largest slice of the U.S. Marine Corps workforce (35 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $31K per year.


Logistics Managers earn the highest median pay at about $61K annually, followed by Intelligence Analysts (around $40K), Avionics Technicians ($36K), and Electronics Technicians (approximately $35K). Near the bottom at U.S. Marine Corps are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats, pulling in an average of just about $21K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($72K per year) can be spotted in Quantico, Va.; San Diego, Calif. (approximately $57K), Oceanside, Calif. ($48K), and Yuma, Ariz. (around $42K) are the next top-paying cities. Camp Lejeune, N.C. ranks low on the pay scale — at $35K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across U.S. Marine Corps' U.S. offices, employees in the state of Virginia earn the most, taking home approximately $87K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach around $108K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to about $86K annually for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. U.S. Marine Corps workers who hold a Master of Arts (MA) are also well compensated, earning $129K on average.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $82K per year. A garden variety skill at U.S. Marine Corps is Electronic Troubleshooting; close to one-sixth of U.S. Marine Corps' people use it regularly. Systems Troubleshooting, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management are also desirable skills.


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

Paid time off is hard to come by at U.S. Marine Corps; the company rewards only 44 percent with paid vacation time and only 31 percent with sick leave. U.S. Marine Corps sponsors a 401(k) program, and about a third of workers use this option to save for their retirement. At U.S. Marine Corps, the vast majority of respondents have health insurance, and almost all survey participants have dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, gym membership, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

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