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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, astronomers had median annual earnings of $105,680 in May 2018. Salaries ranged from less than $57,490 to $165,770 or more annually. The average salary for astronomers employed by the federal government was $148,950, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2019, NASA astronomers earned an average salary of $89,219, according to PayScale.

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