The average salary for a physicist in the United States is around $120,950 per year.
This is 88% above the national average. Updated in 2018.
Physicists earn an average yearly salary of $120,950. Wages typically start from $59,300 and go up to $193,280.
Physicist earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Physicist salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$146,890|
How much does a Physicist earn?
Individuals with a physics degrees earn more, on average, than their fellow graduates in all but a handful of disciplines. According to a study by PayScale.com, physicists are the sixth-highest-earning group of graduates, with a median physicist salary of approximately $100,000 after at least ten years in the workforce. Physics was one of only three non-engineering majors to be in the top ten, along with computer science and economics. Starting physicists salaries aren’t bad either - approximately $55,000. (Please note that PayScale’s data set is based on information provided by users of the website, not a random sample of US graduates.
The top three industries where physicists work are in the federal government; research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences; and colleges, universities, and professional schools.
How do physicist salaries compare to similar careers?
Physicists earn 11% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make more than biochemists.
|Materials scientist salary||$100K|
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)