Median pay for Astronomers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $95K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Astronomers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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).
$50,468 - $134,810
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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.