Salary astronaut

June 10, 2016
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Civilian Astronaut Salaries
NASA assigns a Federal Government "General Schedule" pay grade of GS-11, 12, 13 or 14 to each civilian astronaut, based on the individual's experience, education, academic performance and iob skill position. As of 2013, the base pay for a GS-11 ranged from $50, 287 at step one to $65, 371 at step 10, as of 2013. A GS-12 earned between $60, 274 and $78, 355 in base pay, and a GS-13 had a base pay range of $71, 674 to $93, 175. Base pay for a GS-14 ranged between $84, 697 and $110, 104. These numbers don't include locality pay adjustments. For example, in 2013, the locality pay adjustment for the greater Houston area was 28.71 percent. This increased salaries to between $64, 724 and $84, 139 for a GS-11; $77, 579 and $100, 851 for a GS-12; $92, 252 and $119, 926 for a GS-13; and $109, 014 and $141, 715 for a GS-14.

Military Astronaut Salaries
Basic pay for military astronauts ranged between $34, 516.80 and $43, 430.40 annually for an O-1 in 2013. An O-2 earned between $39, 769.20 and $55, 036.80, and an O-3 earned between $46, 026 and $74, 880 in annual basic pay. The salary range for an O-4 was from $52, 347.60 to $87, 404.40, and it was $60, 670.80 to $103, 078.80 for an O-5. An O-6 earned between $72, 777.60 and $128, 840.40 annually. Like other military personnel, astronauts could receive allowances for housing and food if they choose civilian quarters. Monthly housing allowances in 2013 ranged from $660.90 for an O-1 with no dependents to $1, 640.70 for an O-6 with at least one dependent. Food allowances reflected the astronaut's number of dependents, with a minimum of $242.60 and a maximum of $1, 100 per month. Incentive pay, such as hazardous duty and flight pay, were also available for eligible personnel.

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