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Atmospheric and Space Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of atmospheric and space scientists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of atmospheric and space scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The atmospheric and space scientists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Atmospheric and Space Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,480
25th Percentile Wage
$69,860
50th Percentile Wage
$92,460
75th Percentile Wage
$114,510
90th Percentile Wage
$140,830

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for atmospheric and space scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) atmospheric and space scientists is $140,830. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,480. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of atmospheric and space scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201692,4602.86%3.46%
201589,8202.05%-
201487,9801.08%-
201387,030-2.56%-
201289,260--

Table 2. Atmospheric and Space Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of atmospheric and space scientists in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for atmospheric and space scientists occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $115,150. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $82,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$115,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$107,710
Federal, State, and Local Government
$99,250
Utilities
$97,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,020
Information
$88,400
Educational Services
$82,910

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Atmospheric and Space Scientists by States

From the above tables we note that not only atmospheric and space scientists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of atmospheric and space scientists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $46,990 to $110,580. The highest paying state for atmospheric and space scientists is Maryland with a median annual salary of $110,580. The lowest paying state is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $46,990. For more salary information of atmospheric and space scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Maryland
$110,580
Hawaii
$106,390
Oklahoma
$104,690
New Jersey
$99,280
Missouri
$98,650
New Mexico
$98,530
Illinois
$97,040
Colorado
$96,420
Idaho
$95,700
Pennsylvania
$94,780
Virginia
$94,250
Wisconsin
$93,650
Ohio
$93,430
Florida
$92,850
Michigan
$92,330
Louisiana
$92,320
South Carolina
$92,320
North Dakota
$91,770
Nevada
$91,200
California
$90,360
Wyoming
$90,070
Indiana
$89,960
Tennessee
$89,950
Montana
$87,890
Oregon
$87,590
Kansas
$87,580
Nebraska
$87,570
District of Columbia
$86,950
Alaska
$85,500
North Carolina
$85,460
New York
$85,320
Washington
$85,200
South Dakota
$84,240
Arkansas
$84,240
Texas
$82,860
New Hampshire
$82,800
Alabama
$82,320
Iowa
$80,560
Kentucky
$80,490
Massachusetts
$78,410
Utah
$73,370
Mississippi
$71,020
Connecticut
$67,470
Maine
$63,410
Minnesota
$46,990


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