Meteorologist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Meteorologist is $50,587 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis.
Meteorologist Salary (?
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$30,890 - $101,863
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,586
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Meteorologist Salary (?
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$9.46 - $44.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,890 - $101,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,951  
Profit Sharing
$2.07 - $43,705  
Total Pay (?
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$30,036 - $103,251  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,951  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.07 - $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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$30,036 - $103,251  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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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
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National Average
$51,000

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Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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