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Highest Paying Industries for Astronomers and Physicists

The top 58 highest paying industries for astronomers and physicists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $165,000, specialty hospitals - privately owned is the highest paying industry for astronomers and physicists. It is followed by hospitals - privately owned industry (average annual salary $164,470). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of astronomers and physicists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 58 Highest Paying Industries for Astronomers and Physicists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$165,000
90
2 Hospitals - Privately owned
$164,470
1,060
3 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$164,430
970
4 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$162,870
1,060
5 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$162,870
1,180
6 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$162,850
120
7 Health Care and Social Assistance
$159,600
1,880
8 Offices of Physicians
$156,050
570
9 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$153,410
50
10 Outpatient Care Centers
$152,930
80
11 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$147,590
710
12 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$146,830
70
13 Hospitals - Local government owned
$146,830
70
14 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$135,600
40
15 Hospitals - State government owned
$133,710
50
16 Employment Services
$126,740
60
17 Administrative and Support Services
$126,740
60
18 Oil and Gas Extraction
$120,450
n/a
19 Mining
$120,410
n/a
20 Engineering Services
$120,270
390
21 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$119,130
1,130
22 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$116,820
5,540
23 Federal government, including USPS
$116,780
3,520
24 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$116,780
3,520
25 Scientific Research and Development Services
$116,770
5,550
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$116,720
7,380
27 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$115,670
40
28 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$115,260
130
29 Machinery Manufacturing
$115,110
120
30 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$111,880
270
31 Utilities
$111,880
270
32 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$111,510
3,860
33 Federal, State, and Local Government
$111,510
3,860
34 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$111,380
n/a
35 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$111,380
n/a
36 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$111,090
630
37 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$109,640
70
38 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$104,650
310
39 Manufacturing
$100,180
770
40 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$98,990
6,490
41 Testing Laboratories
$98,660
240
42 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$97,040
230
43 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$96,270
150
44 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$94,990
n/a
45 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$91,680
n/a
46 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$90,490
170
47 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$90,390
160
48 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$87,340
60
49 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$72,460
30
50 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$72,460
30
51 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$70,370
1,070
52 Educational Services - Privately owned
$69,970
1,080
53 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$66,940
3,580
54 Educational Services
$66,830
3,590
55 State government, including schools and hospitals
$65,380
2,820
56 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$65,200
2,480
57 Educational Services - State government owned
$65,200
2,480
58 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$64,450
290