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  • $44,152
  • 3.4
  • Meteorology
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How much does a Meteorologist make in the United States?

Average Meteorologist Yearly Salary in the United States

Meteorologists earn an average yearly salary of $44,153. Salaries typically start from $17,512 and go up to $84,800.

Average Meteorologist Hourly Wage in the United States

Meteorologists earn an average hourly wage of $21.23. Hourly wages typically start from $8.42 and go up to $40.77.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

Learn more about the Meteorologist job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Meteorologists earn in other states.

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.

Employment Type Mix

91%
Full-Time
9%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Meteorologist demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
91
RATINGS
Meteorologists average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Meteorologists in the 68th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Meteorologist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Meteorologist Earnings

The highest earning Meteorologists in the United States earn:

$40.77
an hour
$84,800
per year
Senior Meteorologist Earnings

Senior Meteorologists in the United States earn:

$24.02
an hour
$49,960
per year
Experienced Meteorologist Earnings

Experienced Meteorologists in the United States earn:

$16.83
an hour
$35,000
per year
Junior Meteorologist Earnings

Junior Meteorologists in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
per year
Starting Meteorologist Earnings

Starting Meteorologists in the United States earn:

$8.42
an hour
$17,512
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Meteorologist Salary Comparison

Meteorologists earn more than 12% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Marine Biologist Salary $53k
Explosives Worker Salary $49k
Forester Salary $49k
Conservation Scientist Salary $46k
Biologist Salary $45k
Meteorologist Salary $44k
Environmental Technician Salary $43k
Biotechnician Salary $42k
Food Safety And Quality Technician Salary $40k
Forest and Conservation Worker Salary $24k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Career Attributes

  • $44,152
  • 3.4
  • Meteorology
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