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Meteorologist Salary

Median pay for Meteorologists in the United States is around $51K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $43K, overall incomes of Meteorologists spread between $30K and $103K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Meteorologists who answered the questionnnaire. Most Meteorologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,349 - $101,176
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,838
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$9.93 - $48.48
(Median)
$9
$18
$48
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,349 - $101,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,111  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $43,063  
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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$30,412 - $103,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 457
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $43,063  
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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$30,412 - $103,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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Job Description for Meteorologist

A meteorologist is a scientist who studies the changes in the atmosphere. They have an understanding of weather patterns that allows them to predict the weather and changes in the climate. This allows them to put out warnings for impending severe weather conditions. Someone who is curious about the world and how it works may be interested in pursuing this line of work. Some meteorologists work on television and radio stations. It is their job to monitor and track weather patterns in a region and present predictions about the weather to come. The majority of meteorologists work in research. They collaborate with oceanographers, hydrologists, chemists, biologists, and computer modelers to study the effects of other factors on the atmosphere. They also study the long term effects of climate on the environment. The US Government is the largest employer of meteorologists in departments like the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the Department of Energy. They can be employed by universities, private industries, or do independent consulting. This field requires a strong background in physics, chemistry, algebra, calculus, and computer science. Meteorologists are required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in meteorology or atmospheric science. They are encouraged to further their education and obtain a master's degree or doctoral degree. Meteorologists study and record weather patterns with the use of computers, radar systems and satellites. It is important to be proficient in the complicated software applications these devices use.


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


Considering that the median salary at Rockwell Collins, Inc. is a shallow $43K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is just about half of the top paying company's median.

Popular Skills for Meteorologist


Professional skills reported by Meteorologists are few in number. Most notably, facility with Statistical Analysis and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Meteorologists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $43K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $52K. Meteorologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $90K on average.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 23%


Forecasting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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