Average Meteorologists in the United States make around $51K annually. Total cash compensation for Meteorologists runs from $31K to $101K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $41K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Meteorologists survey respondents are men (77 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,915 - $99,576
$32K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,973
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$11.38 - $38.58
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$19
$39
MEDIAN: $19.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,915 - $99,576  
   
Bonus
$510 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $41,106  
Total Pay (?
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$30,863 - $100,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $38.58  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $45.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $41,106  
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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$30,863 - $100,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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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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.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

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


For many Meteorologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $48K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $56K. Meteorologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,384

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For Meteorologists, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 138 percent greater than the national average. Meteorologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+75 percent), Denver (+45 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Kansas City (+19 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas and Houston (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Meteorologist

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 83%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%

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 22 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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