Salary for Physicists

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Also known as:  Fluid Dynamicist, Health Physicist, Mathematical Physicist, Medical Physicist, Molecular Physicist, Nuclear Physicist, Optical Scientist, Research Physicist, Rheologist, Thermodynamic Physicist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 gets an average compensation that can range from $67,450 - $208,000 based on levels of tenure. will normally get an average pay level of one hundred and thirty-seven thousand seven hundred dollars yearly.

can get the best pay in Connecticut, where they get an average salary rate of near $173,970. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they receive average pay levels of $182,960.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 69.10 percent nationwide in that time.


Physicists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services