The average salary for an Oceanographer is $60,401 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$38,978 - $108,648
MEDIAN: $60,401

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$38,978 - $108,648  
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$39,453 - $107,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Oceanographer

Oceanographers study a wide variety of topics related to the ocean, such as sea life, marine ecosystems, oceans' physical and chemical aspects, and plate tectonics. These professionals' specialization and day-to-day work may vary greatly. For example, biological oceanographers examine animals, microbes and plants, and physical oceanographers focus on physical aspects of the ocean such as temperature, waves, currents and tides. Chemical oceanographers study how the chemical properties of the ocean interact with the rest of the environment, while geological oceanographers research properties of the ocean floor. As a whole, oceanographers' research is meant to help in areas such as preserving oceans and coastal waters, assisting other professionals in caring for wildlife, determining how plate tectonics shift and predicting weather patterns, among others.


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Experience Affects Oceanographer Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


70 %
30 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 20%