Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 2,200 people employed as career profile - astronomers in the United States. The median annual salary is $128,160. Entry level employees earn approximately $61,910 per year and senior employees earn approximately $208,000 (or more) per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
Data is sourced from United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.