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

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

Average Annual Salary of Astronomers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$91,650
25th Percentile Wage
$113,640
50th Percentile Wage
$142,850
75th Percentile Wage
$160,290
90th Percentile Wage
$160,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers 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 is $160,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $142,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid astronomers is $91,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of astronomers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016142,8502.33%4.26%
2015139,5200.98%-
2014138,1500.99%-
2013136,7800.01%-
2012136,770--

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

The average salaries of astronomers in five 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 occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $145,780. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $73,960). For detailed astronomers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$145,780
Federal government, including USPS
$145,780
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$142,850
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$101,220
State government, including schools and hospitals
$73,960

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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