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Meteorologist Salary

An average Meteorologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. Total cash earnings of Meteorologists range from $31K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $43K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Meteorologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Meteorologists survey respondents are men (77 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,562 - $101,796
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,047
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$9.93 - $48.48
(Median)
$9
$18
$48
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,562 - $101,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $43,063  
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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$30,954 - $103,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.85  
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 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $43,063  
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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$30,954 - $103,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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


Survey takers who work as Meteorologists usually report a few 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 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Statistical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


For many Meteorologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $43K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $52K. Meteorologists see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $91K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 77%

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

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 108 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%