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Astronomers in California

Is California a good place for you to work as an Astronomer?

$117,700 Median Salary
  • Astronomers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Astronomers Work in California?

In 2018, there were 280 Astronomers working in the state.

There were 240 Astronomers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 150 Astronomers working in it, which means California has more Astronomers than average.


What do Astronomers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Astronomers ranged from $54,990 to $165,080 with $117,700 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $26.44 to $79.36. The median hourly rate was $56.59.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $43.29 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $13.30.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Astronomers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Astronomers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 $136,910

Top States for Astronomers Employment

View the list below to see where most Astronomers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 280 $117,700
Arizona 230 $91,620
Texas 210 $103,370
Hawaii 90 $107,950
District of Columbia 70 $126,060
New Mexico 40 $73,130

Below are the states where Astronomers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $126,060
California $117,700
Hawaii $107,950
Texas $103,370
Arizona $91,620
New Mexico $73,130

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