Space Shuttle Pilot Salary | Chron.com References (4) About the Author Tom Chmielewski is a longtime journalist with experience in newspapers, magazines, books, e-books and the Internet. With his company TEC Publishing, he has published magazines and an award-winning multimedia e-book, "Celebration at the Sarayi." Chmielewski's design skills include expertise in Adobe Creative Suite's InDesign and Photoshop. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Michigan University. Photo Credits NASA/Getty Images News/Getty Images bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article Choose Citation Style MLA APA Chicago (B) Chmielewski, Tom. "Space Shuttle Pilot Salary." Work - Chron.com, http://work.chron.com/space-shuttle-pilot-salary-1618.html. Accessed 10 May 2019. Chmielewski, Tom. (n.d.). Space Shuttle Pilot Salary. Work - Chron.com. Retrieved from http://work.chron.com/space-shuttle-pilot-salary-1618.html Chmielewski, Tom. "Space Shuttle Pilot Salary" accessed May 10, 2019. http://work.chron.com/space-shuttle-pilot-salary-1618.html Copy Citation Note: Depending on which text editor you're pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. More Articles Also Viewed Logo About Contact Connect Subscribe Hearst Newspapers © Copyright 2019 Hearst Newspapers, LLC . As astronauts gain experience in training and space flight, they advance in salary up to $100,700 a year. Military Pay When NASA selected its first seven astronauts for the Mercury program, they were all military pilots, primarily test pilots.. The salary range for an O-4 was from $52,347.60 to $87,404.40, and it was $60,670.80 to $103,078.80 for an O-5. An O-6 earned between $72,777.60 and $128,840.40 annually. Like other military personnel, astronauts could receive allowances for housing and food if they choose civilian quarters. Monthly housing allowances in 2013 ranged from $660.90 for an O-1 with no dependents to $1,640.70 for .