Meteorologist Salary

The average Meteorologist in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Cash earnings for Meteorologists — including $10K in bonuses and $41K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $100K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Meteorologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Meteorologists. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,234 - $98,525
$31K
$51K
$99K
MEDIAN: $50,733
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$11.63 - $39.73
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MEDIAN: $19.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$31,234 - $98,525  
   
Bonus
$516 - $10,166  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $41,106  
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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$30,639 - $99,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$1.44 - $44.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$516 - $10,166  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $41,106  
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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$30,639 - $99,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist


The biggest paychecks can be found at National Weather Service — the median salary there is $72K.

Pay for Meteorologists is the lowest at Rockwell Collins, Inc., which has a median salary of $43K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $64K.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

Pay by Experience for a Meteorologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Meteorologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 231 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Meteorologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Meteorologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 83 salaries. A Meteorologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,113

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Meteorologists that is 140 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Meteorologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+76 percent), Denver (+46 percent), Andover (+31 percent), and Seattle (+22 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (12 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Meteorologist

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

▲79%

▲27%

▲9%

National Average
$51,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
▲23%

National Average
$51,000

▼2%


Air Dispersion Modeling
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 14%