Astronomer Salary

An average Astronomer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $97K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Astronomers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Astronomers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,032 - $147,949
$58K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $97,414
10%
50%
90%

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$20.56 - $49.48
$44
MEDIAN: $43.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,032 - $147,949  
   
Bonus
$90.00 - $23,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$51,521 - $154,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$43.50  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$90.00 - $23,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$51,521 - $154,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Entry-Level
▼0%

National Average
$97,000

Experienced
▼10%

Mid-Career
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: