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Meteorologist Salary

Average Meteorologists in the United States make around $51K per year. Total cash compensation to Meteorologists approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $103K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $43K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the company and geographic location are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Meteorologists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Meteorologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,262 - $101,021
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,870
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$9.90 - $48.72
(Median)
$9
$18
$49
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$31,262 - $101,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,094  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,398  
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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$30,422 - $103,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $48.72  
   
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 - $10,094  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $43,398  
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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$30,422 - $103,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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


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.

Popular Skills for Meteorologist


Meteorologists report a narrow range of specific skills. 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 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication and Air Dispersion Modeling. 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. During the first five years of their careers, Meteorologists see a median income of $43K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $52K. Meteorologists see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $91K on average.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

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

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
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: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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