Russian cosmonauts and astronauts from other countries are practicing the dream of many of us. Do Russian cosmonauts earn as much as astronauts? Russia’s space agency Roscosmos gave Izvestiya newspaper details that could create ideas in our minds.
How many of us didn’t want to go into space for once? Of course, we cannot predict how difficult astronautics and cosmonauts can be, but the biggest difference between the other professions is the astronaut or cosmonaut. So, how much do those who work in such an important profession earn?
Russian space agency Roscosmos made a statement to Izvestiya newspaper. According to their statement, the salaries of cosmonauts; NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aeronautical Research Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and astronauts in the same amount, but there are differences between the salaries of cosmonauts.
According to Roscosmos, the candidate cosmonauts work full-time at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Their salaries are covered by the Russian Regulation on Financial Support for Cosmonauts. Due to the law on the protection of personal data, salaries are not clearly disclosed.
The salary of the cosmonaut candidates is expected to be 60,900 rubles, 63,800 rubles for cosmonauts and 88,450 rubles for cosmonaut trainers.
Of course, cosmonauts don’t get a fixed salary. They also receive additional fees, probably more than a salary. Cosmonaut candidates, cosmonauts, and trainers who have successfully fulfilled the assigned tasks can be paid an additional quarter of their salary each month. According to annual success, they can receive a salary bonus.
The details are given so far apply to cosmonauts on earth. How much do cosmonauts who live our dreams and go to space earn? According to the statement, cosmonauts who go to space earn 69,600 rubles per month. Of course, this is not only the charge, and additional charges are paid for going to the space mission. The exact amount of the additional fee was not disclosed but was reported to vary according to the difficulty and length of the assignment.
Also, the more a cosmonaut goes into space, the more his salary rises. Trainers and cosmonauts charge extra for each flight. 55% of their salaries can be added for one flight, 75% of their salaries for two flights and 75% of their salaries for three or more. In addition, 10% to 2 to 5 years of service, 15% to 5 to 10 years of service, 10 to 15 years of service 20%, 20 to 25 years of service 30% and 25 years and 40% to those who work additional charge. Cosmonaut candidates may receive an additional fee of 15% of their salary each month, while experts on earth may receive an additional fee of 25% of their salary.
Today, there are 25 cosmonauts who realize their dreams of going out into space. Two of them, Aleksandr Skvortsov and Aleksey Ovçi, are currently working at the International Space Station. 8 candidates are being trained to become cosmonauts.
Last April, Sergey Zalitan, Advisor to the President of the Cosmonaut Training Center, spoke to the same newspaper. Zlatan said cosmonauts earned an average of 170,000 rubles per month. He also said that a cosmonaut who had just begun received 110,000 rubles and that a cosmonaut with a flight time of 2-3 years was based on 300,000 rubles.