Government Meteorologists Salaries in 2011…Wow!30 May , 2012 | 33
My buddy, Tom Pagano, who runs a blog called The River Seers, sent me a link last week that showed government meteorologist salaries for 2011. This includes agencies such as NOAA, FAA, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Science Foundation, Forest Service, NTSB, Agriculture Research Service, DOE, among others! It not only showed salaries…but the names of each individual, what station they work at, and what grade level they were at. Honestly, I didn’t realize this data was available to the public until now. If you want to see where the data came from, here is the link. I also have a copy of the entire data set…so if you want it, just holler and I’ll email it to you.
I’ll be honest. I thought government meteorologist salaries were actually a lot lower. I was quite impressed with what I saw. Out of the approximately 2800 government meteorologists that are employed, about 1250 make 100K or more. This means that approximately 45% of all government meteorologists make over 100K! In addition, the data set showed the average government meteorology salary in 2011 was approximately $97,140. Quite impressive!
The highest paid government meteorologist (and I won’t name names) made a grand total (including bonus) of $230,911. Wow, that’s as much as the Vice President of the United States!
The lowest salary was at the NWS…approximately 31K, shared between small town offices in Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas. When I was attending university, I remember hearing NWS salaries were approximately in the 20-25K range. So it’s great to see that salaries have moved higher by a considerable percentage.
As I’ve said in the past, government meteorologists do deserve higher salaries because they are responsible for indirectly saving lives and protecting trillions of dollars of infrastructure with their issuance of pertinent weather warnings/watches. They also contribute to vast amounts of research and data collection (among other tasks) that are extremely important for the present and future. I think they deserve a lot of credit and their salaries are justified.
Do you think government meteorologists are being paid fairly? Would love to hear the perspective of NWS meteorologists, too. Thanks!