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How much does an Astronomer make in the United States?

Average Astronomer Hourly Wage in the United States

Astronomers earn a median hourly wage of $50.05. Hourly wages typically start from $25.22 and go up to $79.96.

Average Astronomer Yearly Salary in the United States

Astronomers earn a median salary of $104,100 per year. Salaries typically start from $52,460 and go up to $166,320.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Astronomer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Astronomer Earnings

The highest earning Astronomers in the United States earn:

$79.96
an hour
$166,320
per year
Senior Astronomer Earnings

Senior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$71.11
an hour
$147,900
per year
Experienced Astronomer Earnings

Experienced Astronomers in the United States earn:

$50.05
an hour
$104,100
per year
Junior Astronomer Earnings

Junior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$33.02
an hour
$68,680
per year
Starting Astronomer Earnings

Starting Astronomers in the United States earn:

$25.22
an hour
$52,460
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Astronomer salary comparison

Astronomers earn more than 93% percent of Science careers. Astronomer salaries are in the top 95% of all careers in the United States.

Astronomer Salary $110k
Particle Physicist Salary $110k
Geologist Salary $91k
Statistician Salary $80k
Chemist Salary $73k
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Soil and Plant Scientist Salary $60k
Curator Salary $51k
Forest and Conservation Worker Salary $27k

Historical salary for Astronomers in the United States

Astronomer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Astronomer Salary in California $64.33 $133,820 # 1
Astronomer Salary in Hawaii $51.17 $106,440 # 2
Astronomer Salary in New Mexico $56.54 $117,610 # 3
Astronomer Salary in Colorado $50.30 $104,630 # 4
Astronomer Salary in Texas $29.45 $61,250 # 5
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become an Astronomer

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