Astronomers & physicists

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2019 Workforce
14.6k
Average Age
49.7
Average Salary
$121,304
Average Male Salary
$123,264
Average Female Salary
$105,749

About

Astronomers & physicists are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Astronomers & physicists was $121,304 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Astronomers & physicists by wage are Computer & information systems managers, Sales managers, and Software developers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Astronomers & physicists are Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA and Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Astronomers & physicists are Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA and Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD.

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 Scientific research & development services. Astronomers & physicists are paid most in Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$121,304
AVERAGE SALARY
± $13,218

In 2019, Astronomers & physicists earned an average of $121,304, $65,780 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Computer & information systems managers make somewhat more than Astronomers & physicists while Software developers 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

0.357
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Astronomers & physicists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.357, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Astronomers & physicists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Astronomers & physicists

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

14.6k
2019 Workforce
± 2,962
41.4%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 22.4%

The number of people employed as Astronomers & physicists has been growing at a rate of 41.4%, from 10,294 people in 2018 to 14,553 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Astronomers & physicists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Astronomers & physicists at  28.8%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 28.1% and National security & international affairs with 6.64%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Astronomers & physicists in the US. The average age of male Astronomers & physicists in the workforce is 50.5 and of female Astronomers & physicists is 43.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Astronomers & physicists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

12.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,791
1.63k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 991

88.8% 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)
  3. White (Hispanic)

85.6% of Astronomers & physicists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.64% 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

50.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.34
43.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 6.54

The median age of Astronomers & physicists is 49.7, and Male employees are generally 7.19 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, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Astronomers & physicists need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Technology Design.

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