Training Requirements for Astronomers

Astronomers need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Astronomers
Percent
Less than High School 0.0
High School 0.0
Some College 0.0
Associates Degree 0.0
Bachelors Degree 17.6
Masters Degree 28.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 53.6

Employment Outlook for Astronomers

This represents about 1,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 0 more astronomers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 0 more.

Typical Income for Astronomers

Hourly Income

On average,astronomers make $53.07 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Astronomers $26.42 $34.26 $50.35 $70.82 $79.40
Life, physical, and social science occupations $16.03 $21.67 $30.45 $43.78 $59.27
Physical scientists $20.93 $27.19 $37.40 $52.14 $68.90
Astronomers and physicists $27.56 $38.98 $55.23 $73.65 $90.11
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, astronomers make $110,380 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Astronomers $54,960 $71,270 $104,740 $147,320 $165,140
Life, physical, and social science occupations $33,350 $45,060 $63,340 $91,060 $123,280
Physical scientists $43,520 $56,560 $77,790 $108,440 $143,300
Astronomers and physicists $57,310 $81,070 $114,870 $153,180 $187,430
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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