Physicist Salary (United States)

A Physicist earns an average salary of $86,594 per year. A skill in Research Analysis is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Physicist Salary (?
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$49,973 - $133,691
(Median)
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87K
110K
130K
MEDIAN: $86,594
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Physicist Salary (?
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$15.21 - $43.40
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,973 - $133,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,664  
Profit Sharing
$0.16 - $10,067  
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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$50,321 - $135,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 419
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $43.40  
   
Overtime
$42.66 - $55.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,664  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.16 - $10,067  
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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$50,321 - $135,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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

Chicago
up arrow 24%
Albuquerque
up arrow 14%
Los Angeles
up arrow 14%
Boston
up arrow 7%
Washington
up arrow 6%
National Average
$86,000
San Francisco
up arrow 2%
New York
up arrow 36%
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Experience Affects Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
National Average
$86,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Physicist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 9%
National Average
$86,000
Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power
up arrow 2%
Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%