Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

19-2011 Astronomers

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,830 23.6 % $53.07 $110,380 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.42 $34.26 $50.35 $70.82 $79.40
Annual Wage (2) $54,960 $71,270 $104,740 $147,320 $165,140


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 660 0.02 $40.24 $83,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $66.25 $137,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $66.25 $137,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 660 0.02 $40.24 $83,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $66.25 $137,810
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $54.51 $113,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 660 0.02 $40.24 $83,690


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 220 0.02 1.46 $37.16 $77,300
Arizona 200 0.07 5.66 $42.62 $88,640
California 190 0.01 0.92 $56.60 $117,730
Hawaii 90 0.14 10.41 $58.16 $120,980
Massachusetts 70 0.02 1.64 $59.50 $123,760




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 90 0.14 10.41 $58.16 $120,980
Arizona 200 0.07 5.66 $42.62 $88,640
Texas 220 0.02 1.46 $37.16 $77,300
Massachusetts 70 0.02 1.64 $59.50 $123,760
California 190 0.01 0.92 $56.60 $117,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $59.63 $124,020
Massachusetts 70 0.02 1.64 $59.50 $123,760
Hawaii 90 0.14 10.41 $58.16 $120,980
California 190 0.01 0.92 $56.60 $117,730
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $54.11 $112,550





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

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 Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 9.77 $64.18 $133,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 1.74 $58.00 $120,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 1.00 $61.12 $127,120




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

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 Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 9.77 $64.18 $133,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 1.74 $58.00 $120,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 1.00 $61.12 $127,120




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

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 Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 9.77 $64.18 $133,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 1.00 $61.12 $127,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 1.74 $58.00 $120,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $55.15 $114,720
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $53.90 $112,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 33.86 $42.49 $88,380

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 33.86 $42.49 $88,380

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 33.86 $42.49 $88,380


About May 2016 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017