Pay for Meteorologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $51K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Meteorologists spread between $31K and $99K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Male Meteorologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Meteorologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,727 - $98,759
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$99K
MEDIAN: $51,175
10%
50%
90%

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$10.52 - $32.71
(Median)
$11
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$31,727 - $98,759  
   
Bonus
$510 - $10,391  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,786 - $99,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.52 - $32.71  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $45.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $10,391  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$30,786 - $99,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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

  • 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 for Meteorologists is the lowest at Rockwell Collins, Inc., which has a median salary of $43K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $64K.

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $47K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $58K. Meteorologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $89K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,462

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With a pay rate for Meteorologists that is 138 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Meteorologists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+45 percent), Atlanta (+39 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Kansas City (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Houston and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%

National Average
$51,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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