Astronomer Salary (United States)

Astronomers in the United States pull down an average of $94,741 annually. Compensation ranges from $51,073 on the low end to $142,985 per year on the high end. In this profession, nearly all individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Male Astronomers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Astronomers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Astronomer Salary (?
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$49,919 - $143,813
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National Salary Data

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$49,919 - $143,813  
   
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$610 - $5,042  
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$51,073 - $142,985  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Astronomer

  • 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
up arrow 19%
National Average
$95,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 3%
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