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How much money do oceanographers make?

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In 2009, the average yearly salary for an oceanographer with a bachelor's degree was $33,254. Oceanographers who have been through graduate school and who perform research at a post-doctoral level make an average yearly salary between $37,400 and $49,452.

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Oceanographers who work in academics as assistant professors or researchers make between $53,200 and $80,300 per year. Tenured academic professors and educators make between $100,000 and $150,000 per year. In 2009, oceanographers who were employed by the government made an average of $105,671 per year.

Geographic location, employment sector, education and level of experience all help to determine an individual oceanographer's yearly salary.

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