Career Attributes

  • $109,109
  • 2,000
  • 4.0
  • 10.0%
  • Doctorate degree
  • Astrophysics
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How much does an Astronomer make in the United States?

Average Astronomer Yearly Salary in the United States

Astronomers earn an average yearly salary of $109,110. Salaries typically start from $53,449 and go up to $165,468.

Average Astronomer Hourly Wage in the United States

Astronomers earn an average hourly wage of $52.46. Hourly wages typically start from $25.70 and go up to $79.55.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

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

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Salary Satisfaction

3.7
SCORE
70
RATINGS
Astronomers average a score of 3.7 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Astronomers in the 97th 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:

$79.55
an hour
$165,468.4
per year
Senior Astronomer Earnings

Senior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$69.76
an hour
$145,094.5
per year
Experienced Astronomer Earnings

Experienced Astronomers in the United States earn:

$48.03
an hour
$99,901.0
per year
Junior Astronomer Earnings

Junior Astronomers in the United States earn:

$33.43
an hour
$69,537.3
per year
Starting Astronomer Earnings

Starting Astronomers in the United States earn:

$25.70
an hour
$53,448.7
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Astronomer Salary Comparison

Astronomers earn more than 95% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Physicist Salary $119k
Astronomer Salary $109k
Mathematician Salary $101k
Nanotechnology Engineer Salary $99k
Geologist Salary $94k
Atmospheric Scientist Salary $93k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Astronomer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Astronomer Salary in Maryland $59.63 $124,020 # 1
Astronomer Salary in Massachusetts $59.50 $123,760 # 2
Astronomer Salary in Hawaii $58.16 $120,980 # 3
Astronomer Salary in California $56.60 $117,730 # 4
Astronomer Salary in Colorado $54.11 $112,550 # 5
Astronomer Salary in United States $53.07 $110,380 # 6
Astronomer Salary in Arizona $42.62 $88,640 # 7
Astronomer Salary in Texas $37.16 $77,300 # 8

Career Attributes

  • $109,109
  • 2,000
  • 4.0
  • 10.0%
  • Doctorate degree
  • Astrophysics
More Attributes