Theoretical Physicist Salary

The average salary for a Theoretical Physicist is $71,290 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$49,244 - $91,916
$49K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $71,290
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$49,244 - $91,916  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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$49,457 - $93,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain and use equipment and lab space.
  • Communicate results in writing and in presentations to researchers, students, funders, the public, and other audiences.

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Key Stats for Theoretical Physicist

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Theoretical Physicist Salaries

Mid-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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