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Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

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

Average Annual Salary of Astronomers and Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$86,620
25th Percentile Wage
$122,980
50th Percentile Wage
$169,110
75th Percentile Wage
$206,020
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) astronomers and physicists is $206,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $169,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $86,620.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$169,110
6.03% 10.17%
2016
$158,920
-1.70% -
2015
$161,620
1.25% -
2014
$159,600
1.10% -
2013
$157,840
3.76% -
2012
$151,910
- -

Compare Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in 15 industries in the health care and social assistance 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 hospitals - local government owned industry with an annual salary $182,630. The lowest paying industry is the offices of all other health practitioners industry (annual salary $113,740). For detailed astronomers and physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Hospitals - Local government owned
$182,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$182,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$171,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$170,930
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$170,740
Hospitals - Privately owned
$170,550
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$168,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$166,580
Offices of Physicians
$164,080
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$163,520
Outpatient Care Centers
$157,980
Hospitals - State government owned
$154,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$142,700
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$113,740
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$113,740

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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