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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 Lance Corporal, Ground Combat. The median income for U.S. Marine Corps employees is $52K annually. U.S. Marine Corps paychecks are largely negotiated based on your city, though how long you've been working and your role at the company are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Marine Corps typically pays:
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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 (10)
$21,141 - $82,940  
[-]Avionics Technician (10)
Salary$24,702 - $82,943  
Total Pay$21,141 - $82,940  
[+]Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combat (8)
$19,277 - $45,629  
[+]Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combat (8)
Salary$19,167 - $46,449  
Total Pay$19,277 - $45,629  
[+]Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combat (8)
$28,771 - $77,783  
[+]Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combat (8)
Salary$31,588 - $74,310  
Total Pay$28,771 - $77,783  
[+]Electronics Technician (6)
$26,342 - $63,525  
[+]Electronics Technician (6)
Salary$26,627 - $66,378  
Bonus$180.46 - $4,452  
Total Pay$26,342 - $63,525  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($89K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. (around $64K), Oceanside, Calif. ($60K), and San Diego, Calif. (about $55K) are the next top-paying cities. Camp Lejeune, N.C. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $20K. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of District of Columbia; salaries there average to $91K annually.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $36K per year. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Marine Corps folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average about $51K annually.


Supply Chain Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $58K per year; Avionics Technicians come in second with average earnings amounting to $48K, while Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats and Intelligence Analysts rank near the top as well ($46K and approximately $42K, respectively). With salaries averaging $24K, Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats are among the lowest paid at U.S. Marine Corps.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $92K annually for Certified Information Systems Security Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Project Management Professional is rewarded with median pay of about $89K per year. Those with a Master of Science (MS) at U.S. Marine Corps come out on top, and their salaries approach $111K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $62K per year. Microsoft Office is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; roughly a seventh of U.S. Marine Corps' people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Electronic Troubleshooting, Network Management / Administration, and Systems Troubleshooting as well.


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

About two-fifths of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Over one-half of workers do get paid time off for vacation, but only 31 percent get paid sick time. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and most workers report having dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


7 %
93 %
$25,532 - $69,622
$23,728 - $73,236
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 99 votes.
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