Astronomer Salary

Astronomers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $96K annually. Cash earnings for Astronomers — including $29K in bonuses and $99K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $153K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Astronomers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,155 - $147,949
$57K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $95,682
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50%
90%

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$15.10 - $69.53
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$70
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$0$153K
Salary $57,155 - $147,949
Bonus $91.92 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $20.13 - $99,329
Total Pay (?
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$49,630 - $153,098
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $15.10 - $69.53
Overtime $20.00
Annual Data $0$153K
Bonus $91.92 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $20.13 - $99,329
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,630 - $153,098
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Astronomer

Pay by Experience for an Astronomer has a positive trend. An entry-level Astronomer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Astronomer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Astronomer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 17 salaries. An Astronomer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 7 salaries.

Key Stats for Astronomer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Entry-Level
▲2%

National Average
$95,000

Experienced
▼8%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 6%
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