The average salary of a meteorologist or other atmospheric scientist is $89,260 per year, as of 2012. This averages out to around $42.91 per hour.
The highest-paid 10 percent of meteorologists make more than $134,730 per year, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make less than $49,120 per year. Federal government meteorologist jobs pay the highest median salary, at $97,710. Meteorologist jobs with colleges, universities and professional schools pay an average of $86,090 per year, while meteorologist jobs in radio and TV broadcasting pay a median annual wage of $82,360.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the number of meteorologist jobs to grow by 10 percent by 2022.