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 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 pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.