Salary for Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Also known as:  Atmospheric Chemist, Atmospheric Scientist, Climatologist, Hurricane Tracker, Meteorologist, Oceanographic Meteorologist, Space Scientist, Storm Chaser, Tornado Chaser, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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Using their knowledge of climate theory, mathematics, and physics, atmospheric and space scientists create complex computer models to study climate phenomena and provide meteorlogical predictions. The data they use to create these simulations is gathered using infrared, satellite imagery, radar, air and ground weather stations, maps and photographs. These scientists may study long-term processes such as climate change, or short-term phenomena such as daily weather patterns. They may conduct laboratory or computer-based experiments to study these phenomena, and many are expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed literature. A Bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for entrance into this profession.

An Atmospheric or Space Scientist earns an average compensation of somewhere between 64000 and 96000 depending on seniority levels. Atmospheric and Space Scientists usually receive a pay level of Eighty Three Thousand Three Hundred dollars each year.

Atmospheric and Space Scientists can make the most money in the District of Columbia, where they can earn pay levels, on average, of approximately $114070. Professionals that work in this career receive the highest salary in Public Administration, which has average pay scales of $128380.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.63 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Atmospheric and Space Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $128,380
Public Administration $94,680
Educational Services $87,450
Transportation and Warehousing $83,960
Information $81,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,160
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,160
Information $81,470
Transportation and Warehousing $83,960
Educational Services $87,450
Public Administration $94,680
Manufacturing $128,380
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