Theoretical Physicist Salary

The average pay for a Theoretical Physicist is $79,014 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.

$48,722 - $121,212

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$48,722 - $121,212  
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$49,035 - $130,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.


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

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%