Astronomer Salary

Average Astronomers in the United States make around $88K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. There are more male Astronomers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Work is enjoyable for Astronomers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,285 - $149,225
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$49K
$88K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,500
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$49,285 - $149,225  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$11,000  
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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.

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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's salary is approximately $67K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $64K on average. Astronomers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $95K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $125K on average.

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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$94,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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