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Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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.

Average Annual Salary of Astronomers and Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$70,790
25th Percentile Wage
$100,800
50th Percentile Wage
$129,300
75th Percentile Wage
$159,550
90th Percentile Wage
$193,620

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 $193,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $129,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $70,790.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016129,3003.91%16.27%
2015124,2406.05%-
2014116,7201.71%-
2013114,7205.63%-
2012108,260--

Compare Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in eight 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 $179,410. The lowest paying industry is the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry (annual salary $103,340). 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
$179,410
Engineering Services
$138,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$131,450
Scientific Research and Development Services
$129,510
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$129,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$129,300
Testing Laboratories
$122,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$103,340

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



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