Theoretical Physicist Salary

The average pay for a Theoretical Physicist is $77,661 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$48,605 - $121,528
(Median)
$49K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,661
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$48,605 - $121,528  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$7,250  
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$48,936 - $132,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Theoretical Physicist

Using advanced calculus-based formulas, a theoretical physicist will attempt to explain natural phenomenon. Theoretical physicists may end up working in companies, at schools, or for individuals. They will have at least a bachelor’s degree in physics.

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Theoretical 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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Experience Affects Theoretical Physicist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$87,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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