Average Astronomer Salary in Afghanistan for 2022

In this article, we will look at the average Astronomer salary for 2022 in Afghanistan and how that compares to other countries and professions. We'll also look at interesting salary data points like median salary, 25th and 75th percentile salaries, salary amounts based on experience, bonus ranges and more!

The data in this article has been compiled using official government salary data, salary surveys, and other sources such as job postings which contain salary information.

All salary information is in the local currency, which is the Afghan afghani. To keep things simple, we are using the AFN currency code instead of the currency symbol ุ‹.

How Much Does an Astronomer Make in Afghanistan?

An Astronomer working in Afghanistan will typically earn around 2,076,600 AFN per year, and this can range from the lowest average salary of about 1,122,300 AFN to the highest average salary of 3,132,800 AFN.

Average Annual Salary
2,076,600 AFN
Average Monthly Salary
173,050 AFN

Lowest Annual Salary
1,122,300 AFN
Lowest Monthly Salary
93,525 AFN

Highest Annual Salary
3,132,800 AFN
Highest Monthly Salary
261,066 AFN

These are average salaries for an Astronomer in Afghanistan and include benefits such as housing and transport. It's also possible for an Astronomer to earn more or less than the average salaries shown above.

Astronomer salaries will vary a lot based on your experience, location, skills, and gender. Keep reading below to research more data on each of these areas.

Distribution of Astronomer Salaries in Afghanistan

So we've looked at the average salaries an Astronomer will earn in Afghanistan. The next interesting data point is the distribution of salaries.

Salary ranges

We already know that an Astronomer can earn between 1,122,300 AFN and 3,132,800 AFN on average in Afghanistan. This is known as the range in statistics.

The difference between the maximum and minimum values is a good indicator of variability in salaries, and can be used by employers to figure out how much they can expect to pay, and for employees to know how much they can earn.

Median salary

The median salary for an Astronomer in Afghanistan is 1,908,800 AFN. This is the middle value in the distribution of salaries.

What this means is that approximately 50% of the population earn less than 1,908,800 AFN, and 50% of the population earn more than 1,908,800 AFN.

If you are earning more than the median salary, that's a good indicator that you are being paid well.

If you're not earning more than the median salary, your objective should be to increase your earnings to be at least as high as the median salary (which you can do by asking for a pay rise, looking for a better paying job, etc).

Percentiles

Percentiles are similar to the median salary, but instead of looking at the middle value, they look at the values in the top and bottom half of the distribution.

For the average Astronomer salary in Afghanistan, 25% of the population are earning less than 1,369,700 AFN while 75% of the population earn more than 1,369,700 AFN.

75% of the population earn less than 2,314,800 AFN, and 25% of the population earn more than 2,314,800 AFN.

Like the median salary, the 25th and 75th percentile salaries can be used to determine which quartile you fall into so that you know whether you are being paid well enough compared to others in your profession and location.

The difference between a median and an average salary

The median and average salary are both indicators you can use to see if you are being paid fairly based on the overall population.

  • If your salary is higher than the average and the median salary, you are earning well compared to others.
  • If your salary is lower than the average and the median salary, it could indicate you are not being paid well enough.
  • If you are somewhere in between then it's tricky to determine if you are being paid well enough and you might need to research more closely.

Astronomer Salary by Experience Level in Afghanistan

The most important factor in determining your salary after the specific profession is the number of years experience you have. It stands to reason that more years of experience will result in a higher wage.

We have researched the average astronomer salary based on years of experience to give you an idea of how the average changes once you've worked for a certain amount of time.

  • 0 - 2 Years Experience. An Astronomer in Afghanistan that has less than two years of experience can expect to earn somewhere in the region of 1,296,900 AFN.
  • 2 - 5 Years Experience. With two to five years of experience the average Astronomer salary would increase to 1,645,600 AFN.
  • 5 - 10 Years Experience. From five to ten years of experience as an Astronomer, the average salary would be 2,173,000 AFN.
  • 10 - 15 Years Experience. Once you have more than ten years of experience the average salary reaches around 2,543,000 AFN.
  • 15 - 20 Years Experience. An Astronomer with 15 to 20 years of experience can earn an average of 2,819,600 AFN.
  • 20+ Years Experience. For an Astronomer with more than 20 years, the expected average salary increases to 2,998,500 AFN.

Average Salary by Experience Chart

0-2 Years
1,296,900 AFN
2-5 Years +26%
1,645,600 AFN
5-10 Years +32%
2,173,000 AFN
10-15 Years +18%
2,543,000 AFN
15-20 Years +11%
2,819,600 AFN
20+ Years +6%
2,998,500 AFN

Astronomer Salary by Education Level in Afghanistan

As well as experience in a job, your education plays a big role in how much you can earn. A lot of higher paying positions require a high level of education, but how much can a degree increase your salary?

In our research we have compared the salaries of employees in the same job and career level with different levels of education to see how much more you can earn at each education level.

The salary you can earn based on your education is very specific to both your location and the career path you choose.

In our research, we looked at the average salary for an Astronomer in Afghanistan based on the education level of the employees in order to find out whether a better education level would increase your salary.

  • Bachelor's Degree. An Astronomer in Afghanistan with a bachelor's degree education can earn an average salary of 1,678,300 AFN.

  • Master's Degree. An Astronomer in Afghanistan with a master's degree education can earn an average salary of 2,566,100 AFN.

Average Salary by Education Chart

Bachelor's Degree
1,678,300 AFN
Master's Degree +53%
2,566,100 AFN

How Much is a Master's Degree or MBA Program?

The approximate cost of a master's degree or post-graduate program like an MBA in Afghanistan is around 389,000 to 1,170,000 AFN and takes two years to complete.

As you can see above, there are financial benefits from reaching master's degree level, but don't expect to see much of a salary increase until you have completed the degree.

It's common for people to pursue an MBA or other post-graduate program in order to switch to a a job that pays more. On average, you can expect to earn around 10% more when switching to a new company.

Whether you decide to pursue a master's degree depends on many factors. If you are able to afford it, the numbers suggest that the return on investment is worth it and you could recover the costs in a few years from the salary increase you would receive.

Astronomer Salary Compared by Gender

In the modern age, we know that there should never be a pay gap between men and women. Unfortunately, in many professions, there is still a significant difference between the salaries earned by men when compared to the salary of women in the same job.

In Afghanistan, a male astronomer will earn an average of 2,161,200 AFN, while a female astronomer will earn around 1,955,300 AFN.

This means that a male astronomer earns approximately 11% more than a female astronomer for performing the same job.

Average Salary by Gender Chart in Afghanistan

Male
2,161,200 AFN
Female -11%
1,955,300 AFN

Astronomer Average Pay Raise in Afghanistan

In many countries, an annual pay raise is often given to employees to reward their service with a salary increase.

From our research, we can see that the average pay raise for an Astronomer in Afghanistan is around 9% every 30 months.

The national average pay raise across all professions and industries in Afghanistan is around 4% every 29 months.

In this case, we can see that the number of months between the average pay raise is higher than the typical 12 months.

To make the data more meaningful, we can calculate what the approximate annual pay raise would be using a simple formula:

Annual Increase = ( Increase Rate ÷ Months ) × 12

So for this example, it would be:

Annual Increase = ( 9 ÷ 30 ) × 12  = 4%

What this means is that an Astronomer in Afghanistan can expect to receive an average pay raise of around 4% every 12 months.

Annual Pay Raise by Industry in Afghanistan for 2022

In the chart below, you can see the average annual pay raise percentages for each of the major industries in Afghanistan.

You will see that companies in bigger and more lucrative industries tend to have the higher annual pay raises.

Banking
1%
Energy
2%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
4%
Travel
5%
Construction
6%
Education
7%

Astronomer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Afghanistan

Another part of your overall compensation in a job is how much bonus you receive. Some job roles will be more likely to pay a bonus than others and also more likely to have higher bonus rates.

Generally speaking, jobs that are more involved with direct revenue generation will receive higher bonuses based on the performance towards revenue goals.

An Astronomer is a low bonus based job, with 36% of employees reporting at least one bonus in the last 12 months.

64% reported that they had not received any bonuses in the previous 12 months.

For the employees that did receive a bonus in the previous 12 months, the reported bonuses ranged from 4% to 5%.

Received Bonus
36%
No Bonus
64%

What are the Types of Bonus?

There are a number of difference types of bonus you can receive in a job. Including:

  • Individual performance bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to an individual employee for general performance in the job. It's the most common type of bonus.
  • Company performance bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to a company employees to share profit with the staff.
  • Goal based bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to an individual employee (or a team) for achieving specific goals, objectives, or milestones.
  • Holiday bonus - This type of bonus is usually paid around the holidays, often the end of the year, and is a token of appreciation for the hard work throughout the year.

Government vs Private Sector Salaries

Another commonly asked question is whether you get paid a higher salary working in the public (government) sector or the private sector.

Public sector employees in Afghanistan earn approximately 11% more than private sector employees in the same role.

Public Sector
971,200 AFN
Private Sector -11%
878,900 AFN

Salaries for Jobs Similar to an Astronomer

In the table below, we have salary information for jobs that are similar to an Astronomer in Afghanistan.

Job Title Category Salary
3D Lab Technologist Science and Technical Services 899,100 AFN
Algorithm Developer Science and Technical Services 1,273,300 AFN
Analytical Chemist Science and Technical Services 1,811,000 AFN
Anthropologist Science and Technical Services 1,417,600 AFN
Archeologist Science and Technical Services 1,249,900 AFN
Assistant Breeder Science and Technical Services 598,600 AFN
Atmospheric and Space Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,703,200 AFN
Behavior Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,178,000 AFN
Behavior Intervention Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,296,900 AFN
Behavior Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,212,800 AFN
Biochemist Science and Technical Services 2,065,400 AFN
Biofuels Processing Technician Science and Technical Services 790,300 AFN
Biofuels Production Manager Science and Technical Services 1,405,700 AFN
Biologist Science and Technical Services 2,100,900 AFN
Biomedical Laboratory Officer Science and Technical Services 794,900 AFN
Biomedical Scientist Science and Technical Services 2,136,200 AFN
Biophysicist Science and Technical Services 2,015,600 AFN
Chemical Engineer Science and Technical Services 990,700 AFN
Chemical Technologist Science and Technical Services 938,100 AFN
Chemist Science and Technical Services 1,980,600 AFN
Chief Technologist Science and Technical Services 1,811,000 AFN
Climate Change Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,380,400 AFN
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Science and Technical Services 2,015,600 AFN
Computer Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,645,600 AFN
Conservation Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,645,600 AFN
Data Science Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,296,900 AFN
Data Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,487,200 AFN
DNA Analyst Science and Technical Services 2,076,600 AFN
Ecologist Science and Technical Services 1,606,100 AFN
Economic Development Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,621,400 AFN
Flavourist Science and Technical Services 683,800 AFN
Food Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,249,900 AFN
Forensic Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,703,200 AFN
Formulation Technologist Science and Technical Services 802,400 AFN
Fraud Investigator Science and Technical Services 995,000 AFN
Genomics Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,967,000 AFN
Geographer Science and Technical Services 1,132,900 AFN
Geographic Information Systems Technician Science and Technical Services 724,000 AFN
Geological Data Technician Science and Technical Services 719,100 AFN
Geological Technician Science and Technical Services 819,000 AFN
Geologist Science and Technical Services 1,741,800 AFN
Geomatics Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,655,500 AFN
Geophysical Data Technician Science and Technical Services 681,500 AFN
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist Science and Technical Services 1,583,700 AFN
Global Technical Lead Science and Technical Services 2,065,400 AFN
Hydrologist Science and Technical Services 1,306,100 AFN
Industrial Ecologist Science and Technical Services 1,391,600 AFN
Intelligence Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,162,900 AFN
Knowledge Management Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,037,600 AFN
Lab Analyst Science and Technical Services 858,100 AFN
Lab Manager Science and Technical Services 1,464,200 AFN
Lab Technician Science and Technical Services 623,200 AFN
Laboratory Manager Science and Technical Services 1,464,200 AFN
Laboratory Researcher Science and Technical Services 979,300 AFN
Laboratory Technician Science and Technical Services 629,800 AFN
Life Sciences Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,428,800 AFN
Life Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,645,600 AFN
Marine Architect Science and Technical Services 1,224,800 AFN
Marine Biologist Science and Technical Services 1,487,200 AFN
Marine Superintendent Science and Technical Services 864,700 AFN
Materials Analyst Science and Technical Services 843,600 AFN
Materials Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,570,900 AFN
Mathematician Science and Technical Services 1,655,500 AFN
Medical Scientist Science and Technical Services 2,207,600 AFN
Metallurgist Science and Technical Services 1,510,400 AFN
Meteorologist Science and Technical Services 1,510,400 AFN
Microbiologist Science and Technical Services 2,230,100 AFN
Natural Language Processing Researcher Science and Technical Services 1,259,300 AFN
Natural Resource Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,147,600 AFN
Natural Resources Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,249,900 AFN
Natural Sciences Manager Science and Technical Services 1,930,500 AFN
Nuclear Engineer Science and Technical Services 2,281,800 AFN
Physical Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,716,600 AFN
Physicist Science and Technical Services 2,086,500 AFN
Political Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,645,600 AFN
Polygraph Examiner Science and Technical Services 580,600 AFN
Polysomnographic Technologist Science and Technical Services 995,000 AFN
Product Development Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,693,600 AFN
Quantitative Research Analyst Science and Technical Services 1,369,700 AFN
Quantitative Researcher Science and Technical Services 1,369,700 AFN
Radiation Protection Specialist Science and Technical Services 1,106,000 AFN
Refrigeration Technician Science and Technical Services 496,100 AFN
Research Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,428,800 AFN
Risk Safety Engineer Science and Technical Services 907,100 AFN
Scientific Photographer Science and Technical Services 908,200 AFN
Scientific Programmer Science and Technical Services 1,296,900 AFN
Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,537,500 AFN
Service Engineer Science and Technical Services 883,500 AFN
Service Technician Science and Technical Services 595,300 AFN
Social Science Research Assistant Science and Technical Services 874,300 AFN
Social Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,621,400 AFN
Sociologist Science and Technical Services 1,560,800 AFN
Soil Scientist Science and Technical Services 1,306,100 AFN
Statistical Analyst Science and Technical Services 932,800 AFN
Statistical Assistant Science and Technical Services 681,900 AFN
Statistician Science and Technical Services 1,476,700 AFN
Survey Analyst Science and Technical Services 915,100 AFN
Survey Researcher Science and Technical Services 849,200 AFN
Surveying and Mapping Technician Science and Technical Services 581,300 AFN
Team Leader Science and Technical Services 1,249,900 AFN
Technical Manager Science and Technical Services 1,464,200 AFN
Technical Officer Science and Technical Services 627,900 AFN
Technical Service Director Science and Technical Services 1,870,400 AFN
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist Science and Technical Services 883,500 AFN
Technical Services Research and Development Manager Science and Technical Services 2,100,900 AFN
Technical Services Research Associate Science and Technical Services 988,600 AFN
Technical Services Research Coordinator Science and Technical Services 1,023,000 AFN
Technician Science and Technical Services 589,400 AFN
Water Ecologist Science and Technical Services 1,693,600 AFN
Wildlife Biologist Science and Technical Services 1,405,700 AFN

Salary Comparison by City

If you want to compare salaries with different cities in Afghanistan, you can use the links below to explore the data for each specific city we have researched.

City Average Salary
Herat 2,124,400 AFN
Jalalabad 2,015,600 AFN
Kabul 2,327,100 AFN
Kandahar 2,254,400 AFN
Kunduz 1,967,000 AFN
Mazari Sharif 2,110,600 AFN

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