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Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

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

Average Annual Salary of Astronomers and Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$71,560
25th Percentile Wage
$90,810
50th Percentile Wage
$116,030
75th Percentile Wage
$145,630
90th Percentile Wage
$161,900

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers and physicists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $161,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $116,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers and physicists is $71,560.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$116,030
1.74% 5.87%
2016
$114,010
2.61% -
2015
$111,030
-0.43% -
2014
$111,510
1.52% -
2013
$109,810
0.54% -
2012
$109,220
- -

Compare Astronomers and Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of astronomers and physicists in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $121,550. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $67,260). For detailed astronomers and physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$121,550
Federal government, including USPS
$121,550
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$116,030
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$103,490
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$97,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$91,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$72,840
State government, including schools and hospitals
$67,260

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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