Meteorologist Salary

Earnings for Meteorologists in the United States come in at around $51K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Meteorologists bottoms out near $31K and approaches $103K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Male Meteorologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Meteorologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$33,101 - $100,969
$33K
$52K
$100K
MEDIAN: $51,857
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$10.00 - $39.31
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$39
MEDIAN: $19.27
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$0$104K
Salary $33,101 - $100,969
Bonus $248.32 - $10,391
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $40,722
Total Pay (?
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$31,197 - $104,913
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 369
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $10.00 - $39.31
Overtime $1.48 - $42.68
Annual Data $0$104K
Bonus $248.32 - $10,391
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $40,722
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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$31,197 - $104,913
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49

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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

  • 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.

Meteorologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Meteorologist


National Weather Service offers the largest salaries in town — $72K on average.

The lowest salaries can be found at Rockwell Collins, Inc. — median pay is $43K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $37K and only reaching $64K.

Pay by Experience Level for Meteorologist

Pay by Experience for a Meteorologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Meteorologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 231 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Meteorologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Meteorologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 83 salaries. A Meteorologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,774

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Meteorologists, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 137 percent above the national average. Meteorologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+74 percent), Denver (+44 percent), Andover (+29 percent), and Seattle (+21 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Dallas (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Meteorologist

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Meteorologist Salaries

▲73%

▲23%

▲5%

National Average
$53,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Meteorologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
▲19%

National Average
$53,000

▼5%


Air Dispersion Modeling
▼7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%
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