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. A salary of $51K per year is the median rate at U.S. Marine Corps. Your city primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and your role at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at U.S. Marine Corps. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($79K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (about $60K), Albany, Ga. ($59K), and Oceanside, Calif. (approximately $59K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $20K, Camp Lejeune, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across U.S. Marine Corps' U.S. offices, employees in the state of District of Columbia earn the most, taking home $79K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $37K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make around $50K per year on average.


The highest paychecks go to Electronics Technicians, who earn an average $50K annually, closely trailed by Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats (approximately $46K), Avionics Technicians ($38K), and Intelligence Analysts ($35K). Near the bottom at U.S. Marine Corps are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats, pulling in an average of just approximately $24K.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $89K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $76K on average. At U.S. Marine Corps, employees who hold a B.A. in History receive the highest salaries at $103K.


Employees who count Operations Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $61K annually. Electronic Troubleshooting also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; about one in seven of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Systems Troubleshooting, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.


U.S. Marine Corps' employees who answered the questionnaire are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1).

Benefits and Perks

Approximately two in five workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A little more than half of workers do get paid time off for vacation, but only 28 percent get paid sick time. Nearly all respondents can count on health insurance, and the vast majority of employees have dental coverage as a benefit. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

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