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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. The median income for U.S. Marine Corps employees is $52K per year. Where you live primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and what you do at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at U.S. Marine Corps. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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U.S. Marine Corps typically pays:
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About This Company

Arlington, Virginia 

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($85K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (about $60K), Oceanside, Calif. ($55K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $55K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at approximately $20K) is Camp Lejeune, N.C. By state, District of Columbia offers the highest pay at $89K per year.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $36K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of $51K per year.


Supply Chain Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $55K annually — though Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats, Avionics Technicians, and Electronics Technicians also do fairly well at $46K, around $44K, and about $42K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at U.S. Marine Corps are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats — the median salary for this role approaches $24K.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach around $89K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a CompTIA Security+ Expert is rewarded with median pay of $70K annually. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at U.S. Marine Corps come out on top, and their salaries approach about $79K per year.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $81K annually. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Office; on the survey, roughly a seventh of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Key skills also include Electronic Troubleshooting, Operations Management, and Systems Troubleshooting.


Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly more than half of workers report receiving paid vacation days, but only 30 percent are paid for sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and more than a third of workers use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of respondents, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. U.S. Marine Corps also dishes out privileges such as 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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