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Astronomer Salary

Pay for Astronomers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $86K per year. The majority of Astronomers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$48,538 - $138,195
(Median)
$49K
$86K
$140K
MEDIAN: $85,500
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$48,538 - $138,195  
   
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$49,365 - $133,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$94,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%
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