The average annual and hourly salaries for astronomers in the state of Massachusetts are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of astronomers among Massachusetts metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$66,070|
|25th Percentile Wage||$89,080|
|50th Percentile Wage||$123,110|
|75th Percentile Wage||$166,520|
|90th Percentile Wage||$170,820|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for astronomers in Massachusetts in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $170,820. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $123,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,070.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of astronomers from 2012 to 2017. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Growth||4-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of astronomers in some Massachusetts cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of astronomers in state of Massachusetts ranges from $113,320 to $113,320. The highest paying area for astronomers in Massachusetts is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $113,320. The lowest paying area is Boston-Cambridge-Quincy with a median annual salary of $113,320.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|