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. The median income for U.S. Marine Corps employees is $49K per year. Though your job title and geography are influential salary factors for those at U.S. Marine Corps, your experience level turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $46K annually. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of around $31K per year.


Earning $60K annually on average, Logistics Managers receive the most money, followed by Intelligence Analysts ($43K), Avionics Technicians ($35K), and Electronics Technicians (about $32K). Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats make an average $21K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($73K per year) can be spotted in Quantico, Va.; San Diego, Calif. (approximately $58K), Oceanside, Calif. ($48K), and Yuma, Ariz. (about $41K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $35K) is Twentynine Palms, Calif. U.S. Marine Corps workers in Virginia earn the most — $84K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $104K per year. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials; these people earn $85K annually on average. The best paid folks at U.S. Marine Corps have a Master of Arts (MA), earning approximately $129K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Leadership; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $76K annually. Electronic Troubleshooting is a popular skill in the U.S. Marine Corps workforce; just under one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Three more common skills are Systems Troubleshooting, Project Management, and Microsoft Office.


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

As part of compensation, U.S. Marine Corps gives paid vacation to 44 percent and paid sick leave to one in three employees. U.S. Marine Corps sponsors a 401(k) program, and approximately one in three workers use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of employees, and for nearly all respondents, dental coverage is too. Privileges also include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


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$23,000 - $70,543
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$43,631 - $107,248
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