Salary for Astronomers

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.

An Astronomer receives a wage in a range of 64000 and 96000 depending on seniority. Astronomers can receive an average pay level of Eighty Six Thousand Six Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Astronomers have the best average compensation in Maryland, which has an average pay rate of close to $128520. People in this job function are paid the highest in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has pay levels, on average, of $128250.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 7.54 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Astronomers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $128,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $97,800
Educational Services $73,110
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $73,110
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $97,800
Public Administration $128,250
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