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Highest Paying States for Astronomers

The highest paying states for astronomers (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 of astronomers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $127,340, Maryland is the highest paying state for astronomers. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $123,230). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of astronomers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Astronomers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Maryland
$127,340
$73,010 520
2 District of Columbia
$123,230
$85,050 70
3 Massachusetts
$123,110
$66,070 70
4 Hawaii
$106,100
$50,510 80
5 Colorado
$95,060
$65,880 140
6 California
$90,050
$52,930 240
7 Arizona
$86,410
$55,380 240
8 New Mexico
$70,450
$45,270 30
9 Texas
$65,130
$42,110 210

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of astronomers in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for astronomers, Top Paying Jobs in America.