How Much Do Astronomers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$126250 per year
Hourly wage
$61 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$62,410 to $79,930 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$30 to $38 per hour

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.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
CA $87 $181,360
HI $69 $144,540
AZ $56 $115,920
CO $55 $115,420
TX $53 $111,180
OH $44 $91,180
NM $39 $80,320
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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

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