Meteorologist Salary

Meteorologists in the United States can expect wages of $51K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Meteorologists varies from around $31K to approximately $103K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $43K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Meteorologists is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $37K to just $64K — but Rockwell Collins, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $43K.


Meteorologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Statistical Analysis can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication and Air Dispersion Modeling. Data Analysis and Forecasting are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $45K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $53K. Meteorologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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