A Physicist earns an average salary of $87,275 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power and Research Analysis. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Physicist Total Pay (?
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$49,590 - $134,430
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66K
87K
110K
130K
MEDIAN: $87,274
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Physicist Total Pay (?
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$14.92 - $50.68
(Median)
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30
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,590 - $134,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,495  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $18,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,852 - $136,485  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$1.52 - $54.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,495  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $18,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,852 - $136,485  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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Job Description for Physicist
A physicist is someone who practices physics, the science of matter and energy. Physicists study the natural world from small particles to large galaxies. They conduct experiments to uncover the laws of nature, as well as study the behavior and composition of matter. They also design, conduct, and evaluate the results of experiments, methodologies, and quality-control tests. They are then responsible for communicating their results in writing and through presentations to researchers, students, funders, the public, and others. Physicists also maintain and use equipment and lab spaces, as well as provide technical support and calculations to non-physicists, students, and others. Some physicists create materials, new electronic devices, and even medical equipment.
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Physicist Tasks
  • Maintain and use equipment and lab space.
  • Communicate results in writing and in presentations to researchers, students, funders, the public, and other audiences.
  • Design, conduct and evaluate the results of experiments, methodologies, and quality control tests.
  • Provide technical support and calculations to non-scientists, students, and other groups.
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Pay by Experience Level for Physicist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Albuquerque
up arrow 17%
Chicago
up arrow 15%
Washington
up arrow 13%
San Francisco
up arrow 7%
Boston
up arrow 3%
National Average
$87,000
New York
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Experience Affects Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$87,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Physicist Salaries

Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power
up arrow 14%
Material Science
up arrow 9%
National Average
$87,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 7%
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