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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-2011 Astronomers

Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.


National estimates for Astronomers
Industry profile for Astronomers
Geographic profile for Astronomers

National estimates for Astronomers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Astronomers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,930 16.4 % $ 67.02 $ 139,410 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Astronomers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.76 $ 38.51 $ 61.62 $ 82.93 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,910 $ 80,110 $ 128,160 $ 172,490 (5)


Industry profile for Astronomers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Astronomers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Astronomers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Astronomers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 890 0.11 $ 76.78 $ 159,700
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 71.27 $ 148,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 0.01 $ 48.73 $ 101,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Astronomers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 890 0.11 $ 76.78 $ 159,700
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 71.27 $ 148,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 0.01 $ 48.73 $ 101,350

Top paying industries for Astronomers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 890 0.11 $ 76.78 $ 159,700
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 71.27 $ 148,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 0.01 $ 48.73 $ 101,350


Geographic profile for Astronomers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Astronomers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Astronomers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of astronomers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Astronomers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 440 0.17 12.50 $ 62.45 $ 129,900
Hawaii 110 0.21 15.14 $ 76.19 $ 158,480
Arizona 110 0.04 2.81 $ 55.62 $ 115,680
Virginia 60 0.02 1.22 (8) (8)
New Mexico 50 0.06 4.57 $ 37.83 $ 78,680


Map of location quotient of astronomers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Astronomers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 110 0.21 15.14 $ 76.19 $ 158,480
Maryland 440 0.17 12.50 $ 62.45 $ 129,900
New Mexico 50 0.06 4.57 $ 37.83 $ 78,680
Arizona 110 0.04 2.81 $ 55.62 $ 115,680
Virginia 60 0.02 1.22 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of astronomers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Astronomers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California (8) (8) (8) $ 84.53 $ 175,820
Hawaii 110 0.21 15.14 $ 76.19 $ 158,480
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $ 67.02 $ 139,400
Maryland 440 0.17 12.50 $ 62.45 $ 129,900
Arizona 110 0.04 2.81 $ 55.62 $ 115,680



Map of employment of astronomers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Astronomers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 9.26 $ 65.50 $ 136,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 140 0.11 8.07 $ 54.80 $ 113,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.94 $ 63.85 $ 132,810


Map of location quotient of astronomers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Astronomers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 9.26 $ 65.50 $ 136,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 140 0.11 8.07 $ 54.80 $ 113,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.94 $ 63.85 $ 132,810


Map of annual mean wages of astronomers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Astronomers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 70.11 $ 145,820
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 66.87 $ 139,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 9.26 $ 65.50 $ 136,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.94 $ 63.85 $ 132,810
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 140 0.11 8.07 $ 54.80 $ 113,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Astronomers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 25.98 $ 49.80 $ 103,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Astronomers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 25.98 $ 49.80 $ 103,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Astronomers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 25.98 $ 49.80 $ 103,580


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022