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Meteorologist Salary

Meteorologists in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $43K, overall incomes of Meteorologists spread between $30K and $104K depending on individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Meteorologists who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$30,909 - $101,645
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51K
74K
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MEDIAN: $50,815
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$9.86 - $48.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,909 - $101,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,006  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $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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$30,252 - $103,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.00  
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 - $10,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $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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$30,252 - $103,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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


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.

Popular Skills for Meteorologist


Meteorologists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


Meteorologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. Meteorologists bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $89K.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 75%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 25%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 23%

Forecasting
0%

National Average
$51,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%