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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$50,180|
|25th Percentile Wage||$68,700|
|50th Percentile Wage||$92,070|
|75th Percentile Wage||$112,880|
|90th Percentile Wage||$138,250|
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 $138,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,180. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 175% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of atmospheric and space scientists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of atmospheric and space scientists in 9 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 management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $77,470).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
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 $62,450 to $108,690. The highest paying state for atmospheric and space scientists is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $108,690. The lowest paying state is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $62,450. 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|
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Dakota|| |