The salary statistics of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of educational services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare astronomers and physicist salaries in different industries within the educational services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 educational 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 $139,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $43,240.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of educational services from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in six industries in the educational 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 educational services - privately owned industry with an annual salary $73,020. The lowest paying industry is the colleges, universities, and professional schools - state government owned industry (annual salary $67,430). For detailed astronomers and physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Educational Services - Privately owned|| |
|Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools|| |
|Educational Services - State government owned|| |
|Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .