Average Astronomers in the United States make around $97K annually. For the most part, Astronomers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Astronomers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,538 - $146,166
(Median)
$58K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $97,414
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$19.73 - $59.60
(Median)
$20
$44
$60
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$57,538 - $146,166  
   
Bonus
$88.77 - $23,315  
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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$50,684 - $154,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $59.60  
   
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
$88.77 - $23,315  
   
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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$50,684 - $154,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Astronomer

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $97K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $86K. On average, Astronomers make $89K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $114K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$97,000

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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