Meteorologist Salary

Earnings for Meteorologists in the United States come in at around $51K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Meteorologists range from $30K on the low end to $103K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $44K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the company and location are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Meteorologists survey respondents are men (79 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,812 - $100,917
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,193
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50%
90%

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$9.83 - $41.06
(Median)
$9
$18
$41
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,812 - $100,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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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$30,466 - $102,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $41.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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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$30,466 - $102,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist


Known for its small paychecks, Rockwell Collins, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $43K — just about half of the top paying company's median.

Popular Skills for Meteorologist


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 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication and Air Dispersion Modeling. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Statistical Analysis.

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 $44K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $53K. Meteorologists bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $91K.

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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 22%


National Average
$51,000

Forecasting
up arrow 1%

Air Dispersion Modeling
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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