When watching astronomer salaries here in Physics forums, it makes clear that they don't get paid much, like 50k on average if you are a super star of Physics. Now, when I watch sites like http://www1.salary.com/Astronomer-Salaries.html and https://www.sokanu.com/careers/astronomer/salary/ it seems like they get paid more than 104k. Is that I'm misunderstanding something? Now, with brilliant astronomers, like Kip Thorne, Leonard Susskind, Alan Guth, Mac Low & lots of them, it happens that I could take them like beggards if I didn't know who they are! Is there any reason in particular? Don't take me wrong, I respect every and all of these people, but it's just an impresion I have. Is it that astronomers don't get even paid? Thanks, as always.