Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $65K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $62K per year. Overall, the greater share of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average about $68K annually.
The highest paychecks go to Senior Mechanical Engineers, who earn $110K per year on average, closely trailed by Environmental Scientists (around $67K) and Electronics Technicians (approximately $66K).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $101K annually) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; Newport, Ore. ($89K), Tampa, Fla. ($68K), and Washington, DC (about $63K) are the next top-paying cities. Within the firm, employees working in Washington take home the most — approximately $101K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers earn $110K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Earning an Engineer in Training certification garners significant financial rewards of $78K per year on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awards approximately $78K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Engineering Design; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $111K annually. Technical Writing is a popular skill among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers, with between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Data Analysis, Project Management, and Linux were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lets only 43 percent take paid vacation and only 36 percent take sick leave. Close to one-half participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of workers, and for a majority of workers, dental coverage is too. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.