Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for an Astronomer is $87,370
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Astronomers?
An entry-level Astronomer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $71,750 based on 11 salaries. An early career Astronomer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,119 based on 32 salaries. A mid-career …Read more
What Do Astronomers Do?
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.
Most astronomers will find work in academic or research …Read more
- 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.