Astronaut salary - Salary statistics for Astronaut for 2022

Astronaut salary – Salary statistics for Astronaut for 2022

Astronaut salary – Salary statistics for Astronaut for 2022

This is how much an Astronaut earns in Sweden

An Astronaut in Sweden earns an average of SEK 74,900 per month.

However, the salary for an Astronaut can differ greatly depending on who you are and where you work. To learn more about what the salary range looks like for an Astronaut, we’ve compiled plenty of salary statistics for you to dig into.

Below you will find, among other things, statistics for the best and worst-paid occupations within this occupational category. And you can also examine what the salary distribution looks like within Occupations requiring university qualifications or the equivalent where the occupation Astronaut is included.

If you want to look a little extra at the salary statistics for, for example, a Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, and Flight Captain, you can also click on that.

What does an Astronaut do?

According to the Swedish Central Bureau of Statistics’ Standard for Swedish occupational classification (SSYK), an Astronaut is described as follows:
Navigates and controls airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Responsible for flights, passengers, and cargo. Monitors control and navigation systems.

About the data

All information displayed on this page is based on data from Statistics Norway or from Ratsit’s database. Read more about our data and our data sources here.

All the numbers you see are gross wages, which means wages before taxes. The figures are also based on average salaries within the profession in general, as well as average salaries within the profession with certain criteria applied. Average salary, or average salary as it is also called, is calculated by adding up the total salary for all people in the profession and dividing it by the number of people.

Want to know what a specific Astronaut earns?

Do you know an Astronaut? Do you want to know exactly what the person earns? With Ratsit’s salary check, you can anonymously check the person’s salary and get the answer directly on the screen.

Salary statistics Astronaut

Here you can filter salary statistics and see comparisons of Astronaut salaries by county, age, gender and sector. You can also compare these salaries against the average salary for all residents of Sweden per age category and county.

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In other countries, you may be called a cosmonaut or an astronaut, but in Sweden, we say, astronaut.

An astronaut conducts manned spaceflight programs and is trained to command or be a crew member of spacecraft. Suitable previous background is, for example, a pilot combined with university studies in physics and astronomy.

ESA’s requirements when recruiting for astronaut training :

  • You must be a citizen of a member country of the ESA (European Space Agency)
  • You should preferably be between 27 and 37 years old
  • You must be between 153 and 190 centimeters tall
  • You must have good knowledge of English
  • You must have a university or college education in either natural science, technology, or medicine
  • You must have at least 3 years of work experience related to previous studies
  • Meritorious if you have training and experience working as a pilot
  • You must be in good health, have a normal body weight, and be in good physical shape
  • It is also important that you are mentally and emotionally stable
  • Personal qualities that are in demand include a good memory, a good ability to concentrate, that you are good at reasoning and quickly make difficult operational decisions, that you are motivated, flexible and empathetic


The backgrounds of those who have so far been allowed to go into space have been very varied. What they have in common, however, is that they have a basic science or technical education.

University education at the master’s or doctoral level is a suitable basis for being eligible for work as an astronaut. It is important to be well-educated and knowledgeable in scientific or technical fields.

The astronaut candidate must demonstrate outstanding knowledge and practical abilities in appropriate areas.

Educations that are considered meritorious are natural science education, e.g. physics, biology, chemistry, or geology, education in medicine, civil engineering education such as technical physics, or education in mathematics or information technology.

You can apply on academic merits or as a pilot on merits linked to flying experience and aircraft handling.

Good language skills in English are a prerequisite and language skills in Russian are meritorious.

Pilot training/pilot’s license, diver’s license, and military service are meritorious. In the selection process, two psychological examinations are carried out.

A good upper secondary education is available in, among other things, the Natural Sciences program.

Personal Characteristics

To be able to become an astronaut, one must also be socially open, good at cooperating, mentally stable, completely healthy, have perfect vision and hearing and have normal color vision.

Other personal qualities that are in demand include a good memory, a good ability to concentrate, that you are good reasoning and quickly making difficult operational decisions, that you are motivated, flexibility, and empathetic.

… Jelena Andrianovna Nikolajeva-Tereshkova, born in 1964 in Russia, became the world’s first person whose parents have both been in space. The names of the astronaut couple who gave birth to Jelena are Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first woman in space, and astronaut Andrian Nikolaev.

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