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Astronomy and Space Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Astronomy and Space Scientist"

How much does an Astronomy and Space Scientist in the federal government get paid? $141,981.07* *Based on the 2017 average.

Astronomy and Space Scientist was the 266th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 367 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Goddard Space Flight Center hired the most employees titled Astronomy And Space Science, with an average salary of $142,684.

Government Astronomy And Space Science jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Astronomy And Space Science job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Astronomy and Space Scientist

Astronomy and Space Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Astronomy and Space Scientist is $141,981.07. The highest paid Astronomy and Space Scientist made $181,562 in 2017.

Common Astronomy and Space Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Astronomy And Space Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 321
SL - Senior Level Positions 19
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
ST - Scientific And Professional 11
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 1
EE - Expert (other) 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 1300 PHYSICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Astronomy and Space Science jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
ArchivistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
MeteorologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health Aid and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Inventory ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Supply Clerical and TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Astronomy And Space Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Astronomy and Space Scientist was $113,960. Since then, the average pay has increased to $141,854 in 2018.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1330.

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