The average Astronomer in the United States earns approximately $97K per year. The vast majority (80 percent) of Astronomers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Astronomers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

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

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$22.50 - $50.03
$47
MEDIAN: $46.00
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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 (?
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$54,000 - $153,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$46.63  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$54,000 - $153,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $97K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $83K on average. Astronomers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $120K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$97,000

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

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
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None:
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