Astronomy = cool, cool cash

Astronomy = cool, cool cash

Astronomy = cool, cool cash

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Jan. 18 2008 3:30 PM

Astronomy = cool, cool cash

Well, what was I thinking, leaving astronomy to write full time? I could have been making a lot more money sticking with astronomy.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

The link goes to an article which says that on a list of top-paying professions, astronomy is #24 with an average salary of about $96k/year.

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I must say, that statistic leaves me very baffled. I wonder who they included to get those numbers! I'm guessing no grad students were in there (I made $9k/year back then), and no post-docs ($40k nowadays? I'm not sure). I know a full time tenured professor can make $90k, once they've been in the biz for a while.

I also know some astronomers make a fortune giving invited talks. I might too someday, but I don't give as many as I'd like to (if you are a wealthy benefactor, CEO of a company, museum exec, or have money to burn in some other manner, contact me).

But still, $96k a year? The original source of the article says they got their numbers from the Department of Labor. I may have to look into this. I'm getting gypped.

... but this does explain that picture of Edwin Hubble I always see.

Tip o' the gold-plated dew shield to BABloggee Bill Rehm.