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Climate Scientist Salary

National Average
$18,500 $63,817 /year $145,000
$31 /hour
National Average
$1,542 $5,318 /month $12,083
$31 /hour
National Average
$356 $1,227 /week $2,788
$31 /hour
National Average
$8.89 $31 /hour $69.71
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $127,000 $10,583 $2,442 $61
75th Percentile $86,500 $7,208 $1,663 $42
Average $63,817 $5,318 $1,227 $31
25th Percentile $27,500 $2,291 $528 $13
Climate Scientist Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a Climate Scientist make?

As of May 18, 2022, the average annual pay for a Climate Scientist in the United States is $63,817 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $30.68 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,227/week or $5,318/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $145,000 and as low as $18,500, the majority of Climate Scientist salaries currently range between $27,500 (25th percentile) to $86,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $127,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Climate Scientist varies greatly (by as much as $59,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Climate Scientist job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Climate Scientist in your area makes on average $92,125 per year, or $28,308 (44%) more than the national average annual salary of $63,817. Virginia ranks number 30 out of 50 states nationwide for Climate Scientist salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Climate Scientist jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Climate Scientist on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Climate Scientist Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Climate Scientist job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Jose, CA, with Oakland, CA and Tanaina, AK close behind in the second and third positions. Tanaina, AK beats the national average by $13,744 (21.5%), and San Jose, CA furthers that trend with another $15,005 (23.5%) above the $63,817 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Climate Scientist appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 7% between San Jose, CA and Seaside, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Climate Scientist role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Jose, CA$78,823$6,569$1,516$37.90
Oakland, CA$77,915$6,493$1,498$37.46
Tanaina, AK$77,562$6,463$1,492$37.29
Wasilla, AK$77,561$6,463$1,492$37.29
Hayward, CA$76,284$6,357$1,467$36.67
Seattle, WA$75,768$6,314$1,457$36.43
Concord, CA$75,579$6,298$1,453$36.34
Sunnyvale, CA$75,148$6,262$1,445$36.13
Santa Cruz, CA$74,277$6,190$1,428$35.71
Seaside, CA$73,295$6,108$1,410$35.24

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Climate Scientist Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Climate Scientist job category that pay more per year than a typical Climate Scientist salary. Top examples of these roles include: Climate Data Scientist, Climate Reality Project, and Climate Change Communications.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $6,288 (9.9%) and $37,693 (59.1%) more than the average Climate Scientist salary of $63,817. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Climate Scientist jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Climate Scientist position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Climate Data Scientist$101,510$8,459$1,952$48.80
Climate Reality Project$85,571$7,131$1,646$41.14
Climate Change Communications$75,671$6,306$1,455$36.38
Climate Analytics$73,753$6,146$1,418$35.46
Climate Change Analyst$70,105$5,842$1,348$33.70
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.