Average Salary for U.S. Marine Corps Employees

Operating out of Arlington, Va., U.S. Marine Corps employs talent in positions ranging from Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combat to Avionics Technician. U.S. Marine Corps pays its employees $53K annually on average. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at U.S. Marine Corps, but your role at the company and how long you've been working affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Marine Corps typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: U.S. Marine Corps
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Avionics Technician (8)
$25,035 - $75,575  
[-]Avionics Technician (8)
Salary$23,993 - $73,227  
Bonus$130.30 - $1,298  
Total Pay$25,035 - $75,575  
[+]Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combat (7)
$18,632 - $42,141  
[+]Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combat (7)
Salary$18,606 - $43,599  
Total Pay$18,632 - $42,141  
[+]Operations Manager (6)
$33,818 - $112,101  
[+]Operations Manager (6)
Salary$34,679 - $105,949  
Bonus$934 - $23,472  
Total Pay$33,818 - $112,101  
[+]Marine Corp Corporal, Ground Combat (6)
$18,065 - $47,291  
[+]Marine Corp Corporal, Ground Combat (6)
Salary$17,714 - $47,458  
Total Pay$18,065 - $47,291  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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About This Company

Arlington, Virginia 

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Median pay is highest in Washington, DC ($95K per year), followed by Quantico ($74K), Oceanside (about $58K), and San Diego ($57K). Havelock is near the bottom for pay at around $29K. Within the firm, employees working in District of Columbia take home the most — approximately $99K annually on average.


Operations Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $81K; Network Administrators come in second with typical earnings amounting to $68K, while Supply Chain Managers and Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats rank near the top as well ($55K and $51K, respectively). Among the lower-paid positions at U.S. Marine Corps are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats — typical salaries for this role approach around $24K.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically approximately $38K. The largest slice of the U.S. Marine Corps workforce (31 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns $48K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $91K for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $90K. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS) make the most here, hauling in $111K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $73K. A garden variety skill at U.S. Marine Corps is Microsoft Office; nearly one-sixth of U.S. Marine Corps' people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Operations Management, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Cisco Networking.


At U.S. Marine Corps, there are significantly more males than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a majority of workers for vacation days, it only pays 37 percent for sick time. Over a third of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. At U.S. Marine Corps, the greater part of workers have health insurance, and a solid majority of workers have dental coverage. U.S. Marine Corps folks also make good use of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


6 %
94 %
$53,283 - $68,000
$24,088 - $77,691
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 92 votes.

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