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 annually. The most important factor affecting pay for U.S. Marine Corps employees is how long you've been working, though your city and your job title play a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Average pay is $47K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $31K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $70K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (around $63K), San Diego, Calif. ($57K), and Oceanside, Calif. (about $49K) are the next top-paying cities. At $34K, Camp Lejeune, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of approximately $90K annually) in Virginia.


The highest paychecks go to Network Administrators, who earn an average around $40K per year, closely trailed by Intelligence Analysts ($38K), Avionics Technicians ($37K), and Electronics Technicians (about $34K). Near the bottom at U.S. Marine Corps are Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats, pulling in an average of just around $21K.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($108K annually) than those without credentials. On average, salaries rise to $86K per year for accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professionals. The best paid folks at U.S. Marine Corps have a Master of Arts (MA), earning about $107K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of approximately $83K per year. Electronic Troubleshooting is a popular skill among U.S. Marine Corps workers, with around one in six of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Systems Troubleshooting, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management.


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

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is hard to come by at U.S. Marine Corps; the company rewards only 45 percent with paid vacation time and only 30 percent with sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and roughly a third of workers use it to save for retirement. For nearly all employees, benefits include health insurance, and almost all workers get dental coverage, too. Advantages of working here also include tuition reimbursement, gym membership, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

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