The salary statistics of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare astronomers and physicist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$69,850|
|25th Percentile Wage||$100,350|
|50th Percentile Wage||$128,230|
|75th Percentile Wage||$159,370|
|90th Percentile Wage||$193,330|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $193,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $128,230. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $69,850.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in nine industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $171,390. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $110,010). For detailed astronomers and physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 .