The average salary for a Theoretical Physicist is $73,265 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$49,579 - $101,736
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MEDIAN: $73,264
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Bonus
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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$49,579 - $101,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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 25%

Experienced
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National Average
$79,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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