Meteorologist Salary

Earnings for Meteorologists in the United States come in at around $51K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Meteorologists bottoms out near $30K and approaches $102K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $44K from profit sharing. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Meteorologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,787 - $100,836
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,182
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50%
90%

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$9.86 - $40.78
(Median)
$9
$17
$41
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,787 - $100,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,705  
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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$30,366 - $102,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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, 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 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,705  
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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$30,366 - $102,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


The lowest salaries can be found at Rockwell Collins, Inc. — median pay is $43K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $37K and only reaching $64K.


Meteorologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication and Air Dispersion Modeling. Employees educated in Data Analysis are typically practiced in Forecasting, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $44K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $53K. For Meteorologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. 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 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%


National Average
$51,000

Forecasting
up arrow 1%

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 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
19%
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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