The average salary for a Meteorologist is $54,816.
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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. The meteorologist will often have to present findings to an audience that is not familiar with technical terms, so it is important to be able to break down summarie…Read more
- 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist
The top respondents for the job title Meteorologist are from the companies National Weather Service, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at National Weather Service where the average pay is $93,488. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tribune Co and U.S. Air Force (USAF), earning around $70,468 and $55,421, respectively. Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $30,250. Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $43,177 and $50,000, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Meteorologist
Oral / Verbal Communication
Skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Data Modeling and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Forecasting.
Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist
An entry-level Meteorologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,582 based on 63 salaries. An early career Meteorologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,070 based on 238 salaries. A mid-career Meteorologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,993 based on 158 salaries. An experienced Meteorologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,867 based on 140 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $82,383.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Meteorologist in their job title in Atlanta, Georgia earn an average of 49.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (32.1% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (27.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Norman, Oklahoma (27.3% less), Houston, Texas (12.8% less) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (11.6% less).
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