Oceanographer Salary

An Oceanographer earns an average salary of $58,971 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$36,276 - $108,917
$36K
$59K
$110K
MEDIAN: $58,971
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$36,276 - $108,917  
   
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$38,783 - $107,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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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Key Stats for Oceanographer

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
4%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Oceanographer Salaries

Mid-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 31%