Earlier, the Izvestia newspaper, citing the press service of the Roskosmos state corporation, reported that in Russia the salary of a candidate for cosmonauts is 60.9 thousand rubles, that of an astronaut - 63.8 thousand rubles, and the instructor-cosmonaut receives 88, 45 thousand rubles. In a job listing, the space agency listed a salary range of $104,898 to $161,141 per year. Newly minted astronaut candidates appear to move to Level 2 upon completing basic astronaut training, which takes two years, and then increase their salary with more experience. Astronauts have also died while training for space missions, such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire which killed an entire crew of three. Civilian astronauts may choose from a number of health plans and life insurance options; premium payments for these policies are partially offset by the government. The astronaut left NASA in 2016, making four flights into space, including an expedition to the ISS. As of July 28, 2017, 227 individuals have made 393 spaceflights to the ISS, including the six people currently at the ISS (Expedition 56). Astronauts conduct experiments and gather information while in space flight, including on the International Space Station. As of 2016, there have been 18 astronaut and cosmonaut fatalities during spaceflight. As of 2011, astronauts are paid a minimum of $89,100 Canadian ($80,897) in Grade 1 and a maximum of $174,000 Canadian ($158,470) in Grade 3. Two men made five spaceflights to the ISS, while five people made four, 29 people made three and 85 people made two. Astronaut salaries at nasa can range from. Nasa's new 'planetary protection officer' will make way more than how much do astronauts get paid? Nasa is currently looking at the next generation of astronauts to go back to the moon and eventually to Mars. They also conduct experiments with the spacecraft itself to develop new concepts in design, engineering, and the navigation of a vehicle outside the Earth's atmosphere.

More than 18,000 Americans competed in this round of NASA's astronaut selection. There have also been some non-astronaut fatalities during spaceflight-related activities. Currently, a GS-11 astronaut starts at $64,724 per year; a GS-14 astronaut can earn up to $141,715 in annual salary [source: NASA]. We'll learn the finalists on Wednesday (June 7).