Which careers have the most earning potential for physics graduates?

After graduation, physics graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $117,561, while the bottom 20% make closer to $42,662. The median grad salary is $70,819.

Physics graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in physics is $49,405, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $58,328.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for physics graduates

The highest paying careers for physics graduates are physicist, data scientist, astronomer and mathematician, with top salaries averaging around $123,207.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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