Marine Corps Salary and Wages


The U.S. Marine Corp has a wide range of job opportunities and an equally wide range of salaries. The job responsibilities and the individual's experience are the main factors that determine that person's income. Most Marine jobs also come with extra benefits such as paid vacation time.


  • Depending on what your job responsibilities are, your salary may range from $22,000 (as a ground combat corporal) to $55,100 (as an intelligence analyst) according to As of April 2010, avionics technicians in the Marines have a median salary of $37,500 while those working as diesel mechanics have a median salary of $36,000.


  • Employees of the U.S. Marine Corps with 20 plus years of experience have a median salary of $76,200 as of April 2010. U.S. Marine Corps employees with 10 to 19 years of experience have a median salary of $53,100 and those with five to nine years have a median of $40,000. Those with less than five years have a median salary of $28,700.


  • According to PayScale, employees certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) have some of the highest salaries with a reported median of $89,000. Those with first aid certification have a median of $28,000 and those with a military certification have a median salary of $26,000 as of April 2010. Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs) have respective median salaries of $49,200 and $45,800.


  • The U.S. Marine Corps employs individuals across the entire country. Some of the highest paid employees work in Washington D.C. According to PayScale, these individuals report a median salary of $78,000. Those working in Virginia have a median salary of $63,200 and those working in California have a reported median salary of $43,000 as of April 2010. U.S. Marine Corps employees working in North Carolina and South Carolina have some of the lowest salaries with respective reported medians of $36,000 and $32,500.


  • The U.S. Marine Corps often offers salary packages that include paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave as well as life and disability insurance. Employees may also be offered a gym health club membership, tuition or certification reimbursement, and a 401(k). Some of the positions may come with room and board.

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