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Earnings for astrobiologists vary extensively based on the type and size of their employer and the individual's level of education and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide salary information for astrobiologists, but it does report that the median salary for all biological scientists was $79,590 in May 2018. Salaries ranged from less than $45,030 to more than $126,390. Other jobs closest to astrobiologists that the DOL provides information on are biochemists and biophysicists, who earned salaries that ranged from $49,230 or less to $177,680 or more in May 2018. General biological scientists working for the federal government earned a mean salary of $84,440. 

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