According to the 2012 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for astronomers is $96,460. Location and experience level factor into salary determination.Continue Reading
There are three industries that typically hire astronomers. Educational institutions, such as colleges and universities, hire astronomers to teach classes and seminars; this sector pays an average of $76,670 annually. Astronomers that are hired in the scientific research and development sector make an average of $107,170 annually. Finally, astronomers that work for the federal government make an average of $130,570 per year.
Maryland has the highest number of astronomers, and the state also pays the highest salary, with its astronomers earning an average of $128,520 per year.Learn more about Salaries