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Astronomer Salary

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.
$49,521 - $136,015
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $94,689
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National Salary Data

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$49,521 - $136,015  
   
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$1,000 - $5,087  
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$50,468 - $134,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
United States (change)

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 18%

National Average
$96,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%