2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Atmospheric and Space Scientists investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.
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Entry-level Atmospheric and Space Scientists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $52,350 to $72,570 per year or $25 to $35 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Atmospheric and Space Scientists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$74||$153,150|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$60||$123,930|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$48||$99,740|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$35||$72,570|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$25||$52,350|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as an Atmospheric and Space Scientist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Meteorologists are in the states of DC, CA, VA, HI and GA.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||$112180||$53.93|
|Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution||$112080||$53.88|
|Federal Executive Branch||$106740||$51.32|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$100060||$48.10|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$99820||$47.99|
|Radio and Television Broadcasting||$98250||$47.24|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||$96140||$46.22|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||$87960||$42.29|
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services||$87750||$42.19|
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||$81360||$39.11|