- GS-12 astronauts can take home $65,140 per year
- GS-13 astronauts can make as much as $100,701 annually
- Astronauts who have military backgrounds can still receive the same benefits while in NASA
Becoming an astronaut has always been on top of jobs that kids want to do when they get older. There’s good news: Aside from the cool factor of going to space and wearing suits with a helmet, the job pays well, too.
One of the commonly asked questions about the job requirements and specifications is: How much does an astronaut make in one year? According to NASA.gov, there are tiers where the salary of an astronaut is based. The Federal Government’s General Schedule (GS) pay scale states that a GS-12 can make $65,140 annually while a GS-13 can take home as much as $100,701 per year. The GS pay scale is adjusted annually per location in the U.S., a report from Federalpay.org revealed. The system is used as basis for salaries of 70 percent of federal civilian employees.
If an astronaut has good academic credentials and years of experience, he or she gets to take home a bigger paycheck. However, the astronauts can still progress in the higher tier of salary grade. The GS-15 Step 10 can make at least $142,000 per year, depending on the scope responsibilities and performance.