Astronomers & physicists

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Total Workforce
10.3k
Average Age
42.2
Average Salary
$98,070
Average Male Salary
$97,377
Average Female Salary
$100,346

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Astronomers & physicists are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Astronomers & physicists was $98,070 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Astronomers & physicists by wage are Firstline supervisors of fire fighting & prevention workers, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, and Marketing managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Astronomers & physicists are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Astronomers & physicists are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Astronomers & physicists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Astronomers & physicists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Astronomers & physicists, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Astronomers & physicists are paid most in Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$98,070
AVERAGE SALARY
± $16,785

In 2018, Astronomers & physicists earned an average of $98,070, $44,181 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline supervisors of fire fighting & prevention workers make somewhat more than Astronomers & physicists while Marketing managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Astronomers & physicists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.253
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Astronomers & physicists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.253, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Astronomers & physicists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Astronomers & physicists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

10.3k
2018 Workforce
± 2,491
0.117%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 34.2%

The number of people employed as Astronomers & physicists has been growing at a rate of 0.117%, from 10,282 people in 2017 to 10,294 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Astronomers & physicists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Astronomers & physicists at  29.5%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 25.9% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 7.61%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Astronomers & physicists in the US. The average age of male Astronomers & physicists in the workforce is 43.2 and of female Astronomers & physicists is 38.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Astronomers & physicists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

7.89k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,181
2.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,203

76.7% of Astronomers & physicists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Astronomers & physicists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Astronomers & physicists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

88% of Astronomers & physicists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12% of Astronomers & physicists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Astronomers & physicists.

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Age by Gender

43.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.89
38.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 5.14

The median age of Astronomers & physicists is 42.2, and Male employees are generally 4.3 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Astronomers & physicists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Astronomers & physicists is Physical Sciences but a relatively high number of Astronomers & physicists hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Astronomers & physicists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Astronomers & physicists need many skills, but most especially Science, Mathematics, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Astronomers & physicists need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Mathematics.

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