Salaries for astronauts are based upon the Federal Government's General Schedule pay scale for grades GS-11 through GS-14. Grade GS-11 starts at $64,724 per year, a GS-14 has the ability to earn up to $141,715 per year. More »

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Astronauts drink in space by using special equipment, such as internally pressurized bottles, collapsible pouches, drinking tubes and coffee cups designed to function in zero gravity. Available drinks include coffee, tea... More »

Space radiation is a hazard to humans in orbit outside the Earth, and it would pose an even bigger threat to astronauts on Mars. The "Red Planet" is closer to the sun and gets much more radiation than Earth, which could ... More »

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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 b... More »

The WG, or wage grade, pay scale used by the U.S. Federal Government is a classification of the blue-collar jobs that fall under the Federal Wage System and are hourly pay positions. These jobs are grouped into categorie... More »

The General Schedule Pay Table is the primary civilian pay scale used by the Department of Defense. There are other pay scales that the Department of Defense uses in certain situations, but they are all based on the Gene... More »

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As of 2014, federal employees at the GS-12 pay grade of the General Schedule earn between $60,877 and $79,138 per year, states the Office of Personnel Management. The hourly rate at this pay grade ranges from $29.17 to $... More »