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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of atmospheric and space scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$92,070
-0.42% 3.05%
2016
$92,460
2.86% -
2015
$89,820
2.05% -
2014
$87,980
1.08% -
2013
$87,030
-2.56% -
2012
$89,260
- -

Table 2. Atmospheric and Space Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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
Manufacturing
$115,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$108,870
Federal, State, and Local Government
$101,120
Utilities
$97,400
Finance and Insurance
$94,220
Information
$89,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,450
Educational Services
$82,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$77,470

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 $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
$108,690
Hawaii
$108,450
Georgia
$105,020
Maryland
$103,900
Missouri
$100,580
Virginia
$99,910
Kentucky
$99,370
Minnesota
$99,080
Idaho
$97,250
South Carolina
$97,240
Wisconsin
$96,740
Pennsylvania
$96,680
New Jersey
$96,620
Illinois
$95,660
California
$95,570
Florida
$94,200
Louisiana
$93,830
Alabama
$93,810
Tennessee
$93,100
New Hampshire
$92,800
Wyoming
$92,660
North Carolina
$92,070
Indiana
$92,040
Arizona
$91,730
Ohio
$90,100
Colorado
$89,710
Nevada
$89,090
South Dakota
$89,020
Montana
$89,020
Oregon
$89,000
Nebraska
$88,690
Kansas
$88,670
Washington
$88,320
District of Columbia
$88,180
Alaska
$87,700
Michigan
$86,870
Arkansas
$84,240
Iowa
$84,190
Texas
$81,230
Massachusetts
$78,410
New York
$77,830
Puerto Rico
$76,450
Utah
$76,220
Oklahoma
$75,830
Mississippi
$68,240
Connecticut
$66,470
Maine
$63,410
North Dakota
$62,450



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