Astronomer Salary

Average Astronomers in the United States make around $65K annually. Male Astronomers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Astronomers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,700 - $126,709

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$48,700 - $126,709  
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$49,541 - $133,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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.

Astronomers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $61K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $63K. On average, Astronomers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Astronomers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $100K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


33 %
67 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%