Astronomer Salary

Astronomers in the United States can expect wages of $88K per year on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Astronomers. Men account for the majority of Astronomers who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,285 - $149,225
MEDIAN: $87,500

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$49,448 - $143,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Astronomer

Astronomy is the science of examining the cosmos and using applied physics and mathematical formulas to attempt to explain, classify, discuss, and offer explanations about the universe. Astronomers use a variety of high-tech, sensitive instruments to measure the location and movements of objects in the sky. They typically create purely scientific observations about their findings, which other branches of science put to applied use.


Astronomer Tasks

  • Calibrate, maintain, focus, and use equipment and associated software.
  • Compile, update, maintain, and add metadata to data sets.
  • Analyze celestial data and present results in a variety of formats.
  • Create visualizations and interfaces to enable usage of data.

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Pay by Experience Level for Astronomer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

The average inexperienced worker earns $67K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $64K. Astronomers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $125K on average.

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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.


38 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 4%