Salary for Physicists

Also known as:  Fluid Dynamicist, Health Physicist, Mathematical Physicist, Medical Physicist, Molecular Physicist, Nuclear Physicist, Optical Scientist, Research Physicist, Rheologist, Thermodynamic Physicist helps science and professional engineers find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.


Physicists use many tools, including computer simulations, telescopes, masers and lasers, to study physical phenomena. They use their observations of these data to develop and test theories regarding the physical laws which govern the universe. These professionals require an excellent command of mathematics, and are expected to write and publish their findings in peer-reviewed literature. In many cases, physicists also teach physics and related disciplines. The majority of individuals in this profession have their doctoral degrees, and of those that do not have doctorates, most have completed Master's degree programs.

A Physicist receives a compensation of somewhere between 88000 - 132000 based on tenure level. Physicists will most likely receive a wage of One Hundred Seventeen Thousand One Hundred dollars per year.

Physicists make the most money in Kansas, where they can receive average pay of about $141570. People in this career can expect the most salary in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they receive average wages of $160740.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 31.38 percent nationwide in that time.
Physicists tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $160,740
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $121,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $114,170
Wholesale Trade $107,170
Manufacturing $105,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102,230
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $87,080
Utilities $89,610
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $99,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102,230
Manufacturing $105,300
Wholesale Trade $107,170
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