Meteorologist Salary

Meteorologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. In the world of Meteorologists, overall income ranges from $31K near the bottom to $103K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Meteorologists survey respondents are men (75 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,935 - $100,473
$32K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,270
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$11.88 - $39.31
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$0$102K
Salary $31,935 - $100,473
Bonus $490.68 - $10,338
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,134
Total Pay (?
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$31,068 - $102,952
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 356
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.88 - $39.31
Overtime $1.57 - $43.49
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $490.68 - $10,338
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,134
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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$31,068 - $102,952
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49

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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

  • Describe, explain, and predict weather patterns to a variety of public audiences.
  • Identify weather data sources, collect data, merge, and clean data.
  • Create graphics and visualizations to explain weather patterns.
  • Analyze weather data and produce reports and interpretations.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, National Weather Service offers the most; Meteorologists earn $72K on average there.

With a median salary of $43K, Rockwell Collins, Inc. provides Meteorologists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $64K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

Pay by Experience for a Meteorologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Meteorologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 231 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Meteorologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Meteorologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 83 salaries. A Meteorologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,665

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Philadelphia offers some of the highest pay in the country for Meteorologists, 137 percent above the national average. Meteorologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+74 percent), Denver (+44 percent), Andover (+29 percent), and Seattle (+21 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Dallas (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Meteorologist

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

▲77%

▲26%

▲8%

National Average
$52,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
▲21%

National Average
$52,000

▼3%


Air Dispersion Modeling
▼5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 16%
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