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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 $50.35. Hourly wages typically start from $26.42 and go up to $79.40.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Astronomer Yearly Salary in the United States

Astronomers earn a median salary of $104,740 per year. Salaries typically start from $54,960 and go up to $165,140.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Salary Satisfaction

3.6
SCORE
46
RATINGS
Astronomers average a score of 3.6 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Astronomers in the 93th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Astronomer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Astronomer Earnings

The highest earning Astronomers in the United States earn:

$79.40
an hour
$165,140
per year
Senior Astronomer Earnings

Senior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$70.82
an hour
$147,320
per year
Experienced Astronomer Earnings

Experienced Astronomers in the United States earn:

$50.35
an hour
$104,740
per year
Junior Astronomer Earnings

Junior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$34.26
an hour
$71,270
per year
Starting Astronomer Earnings

Starting Astronomers in the United States earn:

$26.42
an hour
$54,960
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Astronomer salary comparison

Astronomers earn more than 92% percent of Science careers. Astronomer salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Astronomers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Astronomer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Astronomer Salary in Texas $30.36 $63,160 # 1
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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