An astronaut's average yearly salary is approximately $65,140. Throughout an astronaut's career, he or she can earn up to $100,701 per year. The astronaut's overall salary depends on the specific experience and job achievements as well the specific location of the astronaut's employment.
The astronaut training application is available to any man or woman who meets the basic application and physical requirements. Pilot and mission astronauts are required to possess a bachelor's degree in mathematics, science or engineering. Jet aircraft training as well as specific vision qualifications also are required for pilot astronauts. According to NASA, becoming an astronaut is an extremely competitive process, with an average of more than 4,000 applicants for roughly 20 openings every two years.