Meteorologist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

How much does a Meteorologist earn?

There are a lot of variables involved in what a meteorologist gets paid. Markets are a major factor, as the larger the size of the area the television station covers the more viewers a station potentially has. More viewers will allow a station to charge more for advertising, and can then offer higher meteorologist salaries. Experience also plays a part. A meteorologist just getting out of university will not make the same salary as a meteorologist that has ten years of experience, even if the job is the same.

Once a meteorologist gets a few years of experience under their belt, they'll get opportunities to either move up in position or market size. That is when a meteorologist's salary starts to increase. However, the number of higher paying spots is much less than the number of lower paying spots, since everyone wants them.

How do meteorologist salaries compare to similar careers?

Meteorologists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than occupational health specialists but more than soil and water conservationists.

Career Median Salary
Occupational health specialist salary $73K
Environmental consultant salary $68K
Food science technologist salary $65K
Soil and plant scientist salary $64K
Cartographer salary $64K
Meteorologist salary $43K
Animal scientist salary $58K
Geodesist salary $63K
Conservation scientist salary $61K
Soil and water conservationist salary $61K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)