Meteorologist Salary

The average Meteorologist in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $43K, respectively — total cash payment to Meteorologists can bottom out near $31K or peak near $103K depending on individual performance. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Meteorologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,513 - $100,932
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,255
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$9.36 - $40.78
(Median)
$9
$19
$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,513 - $100,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,122  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $42,662  
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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$31,342 - $102,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $40.78  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $42,662  
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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$31,342 - $102,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $43K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $64K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Meteorologists. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $45K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $53K. Meteorologists bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Meteorologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $91K.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$51,000

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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