Astronomer Salary

Pay for Astronomers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $96K per year. Total cash compensation for Astronomers runs from $50K to $153K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $29K and profit sharing that can reach almost $99K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Astronomers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,495 - $149,891
$59K
$98K
$150K
MEDIAN: $97,907
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50%
90%

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$15.32 - $68.51
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$69
MEDIAN: $39.55
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$0$155K
Salary $59,495 - $149,891
Bonus $489.36 - $29,799
Profit Sharing $20.13 - $99,329
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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$50,151 - $155,272
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49
Hourly Data $0$68
Hourly Rate $15.32 - $68.51
Overtime $13.00
Annual Data $0$155K
Bonus $489.36 - $29,799
Profit Sharing $20.13 - $99,329
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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$50,151 - $155,272
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

Pay by Experience for an Astronomer has a positive trend. An entry-level Astronomer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 29 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Astronomer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Astronomer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 17 salaries. An Astronomer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 7 salaries.

Key Stats for Astronomer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Astronomer Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Entry-Level
▼0%

National Average
$97,000

Experienced
▼10%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 6%
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