Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare astronomers and physicist salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Astronomers and Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) astronomers and physicists is $193,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $112,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $71,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in eight industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for astronomers and physicist occupations is the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry with an annual salary $135,600. The lowest paying industry is the other fabricated metal product manufacturing industry (annual salary $91,580). For detailed astronomers and physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for astronomers and physicists.