Meteorologist Salary

Meteorologists in the United States can expect wages of $51K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Meteorologists bottoms out near $31K and approaches $102K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $43K from profit sharing. While the company and geographic location impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Meteorologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Meteorologists survey respondents are men (78 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,060 - $100,805

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$9.86 - $40.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,060 - $100,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,398  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,549 - $102,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $40.78  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,398  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,549 - $102,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Meteorologist

A meteorologist makes observations and predictions about the weather. These predictions may be passed on to the general public or to clients in fields such as agriculture. The meteorologist will look over numerical and historical data, in order to make predictions. Observing the weather in real time is also often a part of the job.

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Meteorologist Tasks

  • Create graphics and visualizations to explain weather patterns.
  • Analyze weather data and produce reports and interpretations.
  • Describe, explain, and predict weather patterns to a variety of public audiences.
  • Identify weather data sources, collect data, merge, and clean data.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist


Rockwell Collins, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $43K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $64K.


Job skills reported by Meteorologists are limited. Most notably, facility with Statistical Analysis and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication and Air Dispersion Modeling. Many workers who know Data Analysis also know Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Meteorologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $44K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $52K. Meteorologists see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $91K.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 77%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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