Salary, Wages, Pay: Atmospheric Scientists
Median annual earnings of atmospheric scientists in 2002 were
$60,200. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,970 and $76,880. The
lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,220, and the highest 10 percent
earned more than $92,430.
The average salary for meteorologists
in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions employed by
the Federal Government was about $74,528 in 2003. Meteorologists in the
Federal Government with a bachelorís degree and no experience received
a starting salary of $23,442 or $29,037, depending on their college
grades. Those with a masterís degree could start at $35,519 or $42,976;
those with the Ph.D., at $51,508. Beginning salaries for all degree
levels are slightly higher in areas of the country where the prevailing
local pay level is higher.