How Much Do Meteorologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

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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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$100550 per year
Hourly wage
$48 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$52,350 to $72,570 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $35 per hour

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.

Salary rank

Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
DC $64 $132,340
CA $59 $123,710
VA $55 $114,470
HI $53 $109,680
GA $52 $108,860
NY $52 $108,420
CO $52 $107,860
OR $52 $107,570
MD $51 $106,020
MA $51 $105,900

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
Local Government $87710 $42.17
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81360 $39.11
State Government $77250 $37.14

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