What Is the Salary for NASA Astronauts?

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As a GS-11 pay grade, astronauts earn $64,724 annually, although pay at the GS-14 level is $141,715. According to NASA, the salary for an astronaut is based on the federal government's general schedule, with astronauts being assigned a pay grade ranging from GS-11 to a GS-14.

Whether an astronaut is assigned a particular pay grade depends on the individual person's experience and academic achievements. If an astronaut is also a member of the military and are detailed to Johnson Space Center, the active duty pay, leave and other benefits would be based on the person's military ranking and not subject to the government's general schedule for pay.