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. U.S. Marine Corps pays its employees $52K per year on average. The most important factor affecting pay for U.S. Marine Corps employees is where you live, though your experience level and what you do at the company play a role as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($79K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. ($60K), Oceanside, Calif. (about $59K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $52K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $20K, Camp Lejeune, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in District of Columbia, where the average U.S. Marine Corps employee makes $85K per year.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $37K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Marine Corps folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $51K per year.


Network Administrators are the best paid with the average salary hovering at around $68K annually; Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats, Electronics Technicians, and Avionics Technicians also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $46K, $42K, and about $40K, respectively. Earning only $24K on average, Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats make less than most people in the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make approximately $89K per year. CompTIA Security+ Experts also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $72K annually. It pays to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at U.S. Marine Corps — these employees make the most at around $79K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Operations Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $61K annually. A common skill in U.S. Marine Corps' work force is Microsoft Office; close to one-seventh of survey participants report using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, and Inventory Management.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Though slightly more than half of workers get paid time off for vacation, only about 29 percent receive paid sick leave. U.S. Marine Corps sponsors a 401(k) program, and around two in five workers use this option to save for their retirement. For almost all respondents, benefits include health insurance, and almost all survey participants get dental coverage, too. Perks also include gym membership, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

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Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


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$27,437 - $69,759
$23,443 - $71,353
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Job Satisfaction

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