2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Astronomers observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Astronomers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $62,410 to $79,930 per year or $30 to $38 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Astronomers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$91||$189,690|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$80||$166,710|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$58||$119,730|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$38||$79,930|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$30||$62,410|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as an Astronomer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Astronomers are in the states of CA, HI, AZ, CO and TX.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Federal Executive Branch||$146440||$70.40|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||$142130||$68.33|
|Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions||$113440||$54.54|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$96570||$46.43|