Salary for Astronomers

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Also known as:  Astronomer, Astrophysicist

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Studying far more than the stars, astronomers use a wide variety of telescopes and instruments to observe, research and develop theories regarding the behavior and causes of astronomical phenomena. They are often expected to teach, as well as to raise funds for scientific research. In some cases, these professionals may also direct public information programs and facilities regarding astronomy, including planetariums. The vast majority of astronomers have their doctorate in related disciplines, although roughly 9% have not pursued education beyond the Master's degree level.

A Astronomer will normally get an average wage ranging between $62,410 to $189,690 based on experience and talent. can expect a salary of one hundred and twenty-six thousand two hundred and fifty dollars yearly.

are paid at the highest level in California, where they receive a compensation of near $181,360. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Public Administration, where they can earn an average salary rate of $144,290.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.80 percent nationwide in that time.

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Astronomers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$144,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$141,310
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$113,440
Educational Services
$96,570

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$96,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$113,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$141,310
Public Administration
$144,290