2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Physicists conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Physicists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $67,450 to $95,020 per year or $32 to $46 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Physicists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$100+||$208,000+|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$82||$170,810|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$62||$129,850|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$46||$95,020|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$32||$67,450|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Physicist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Physicists are in the states of CT, NM, SC, NY and LA.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services||$198760||$95.56|
|Offices of Physicians||$192790||$92.69|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||$183820||$88.37|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$170340||$81.89|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||$150310||$72.26|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$144680||$69.56|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||$138820||$66.74|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||$133420||$64.14|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||$133340||$64.11|
|Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing||$132070||$63.49|
|Federal Executive Branch||$125580||$60.38|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$100130||$48.14|
|Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution||$99230||$47.70|