NASA is offering a raise to its space engineers, with an increase of $75,000 in total salary to $174,000.
The Space Launch System rocket is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on July 11, 2018.
The space agency said in a statement that the increase is to ensure that the company is “committed to the space mission.”
The space industry is expected to be booming after President Donald Trump’s administration approved a $1.9 billion increase in the budget for the space agency.
In its statement, NASA said the pay increase will be “in line with recent pay increases of the Space Launch Systems program.”
The Space Act of 1980 allows for an increase in a worker’s total compensation if he or she performs in a way that increases the value of the employee’s services or equipment.