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. Employees at U.S. Marine Corps make $50K per year on average. At U.S. Marine Corps, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your experience level — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your city and your job title each factor into the equation as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $34K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (37 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $49K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($85K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Quantico, Va. ($56K), San Diego, Calif. (approximately $55K), and Oceanside, Calif. (about $50K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Camp Lejeune, N.C. at $35K. By state, U.S. Marine Corps pays its District of Columbia employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $85K per year.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Intelligence Analysts, Marine Corp Staff Sergeant, Ground Combats, Electronics Technicians, and Avionics Technicians; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $45K annually, the other salaries come in at around $43K, $39K, and $36K, respectively. Marine Corp Lance Corporal, Ground Combats make an average $22K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $92K per year. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Six Sigma Green Belts with credentials; these people earn about $78K annually on average. U.S. Marine Corps workers who hold a B.A. in History are also well compensated, earning approximately $103K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $81K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at U.S. Marine Corps is Microsoft Office, with nearly one in seven considering it a key competency. Other skills in demand are Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, and Operations Management.


U.S. Marine Corps' employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

More than a third of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Benefits include paid time off, but U.S. Marine Corps hands out more vacation days than sick days; just over a half of workers report receiving the former, but only a third of respondents report receiving the latter. The vast majority of workers receive health insurance, and the vast majority of survey participants get dental coverage. Some other perks are gym membership, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

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Key Stats for U.S. Marine Corps


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93 %
$25,169 - $68,561
$23,706 - $70,394
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1-4 years
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
$41,969 - $88,640
$23,929 - $94,447
$40,000 - $74,694
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