$89,126
Avg. Salary
$33.79
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,990

Bonus

$2,013

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Physicist is $33.79 per hour.

The average pay for a Physicist is $89,126 per year.

10%
$20.59
10%
$33.79
50%
$93.35
90%
90%
MEDIAN $33.79
10%
$49k
10%
$89k
50%
$147k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $89,126
$48,878 - $146,874
$49K
$89K
$150K
MEDIAN: $89,126
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$20.59 - $93.35
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MEDIAN: $33.79
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$0$150K
Salary $48,878 - $146,874
Bonus $0.00 - $17,000
Profit Sharing $201 - $10,137
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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$49,012 - $150,437
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 560
Hourly Data $0$93
Hourly Rate $20.59 - $93.35
Overtime $20.43 - $73.40
Annual Data $0$150K
Bonus $0.00 - $17,000
Profit Sharing $201 - $10,137
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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$49,012 - $150,437
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

Job Description for Physicist

Humanity's understanding of the mechanical workings of reality is, relative to our history, in its infancy. Only in the last two centuries have scientists been able to directly observe and manipulate matter and energy at microscopic levels, and new discoveries and applications have skyrocketed in that time-frame, all while our technology continually enhances our ability to understand these things. Physicists are scientists who study the properties of matter and energy and perform experiments, often using extremely advanced equipment, to discover how these mysterious properties work and interact.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Physicist


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Physicists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Medical Physicist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $113K per year.

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Popular Skills for Physicist


Survey results suggest that Physicists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Data Analysis, Systems Engineering, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Physics as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Matlab and Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Material Science also know Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Power.

Pay by Experience Level for Physicist

Pay by Experience for a Physicist has a positive trend. An entry-level Physicist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 172 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Physicist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Physicist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 75 salaries. A Physicist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 60 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,773

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Physicists, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 69 percent greater than the national average. Physicists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+38 percent), Washington (+30 percent), Huntsville (+24 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Physicist's salary, with Seattle Physicists earning salaries that are 42 percent less than the national average. Los Angeles and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 29 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Physicist

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Physicist Salaries

▲52%

▲28%

▲1%

National Average
$89,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Physicist Salaries



National Average
$89,000

Systems Engineering
▼1%


Data Modeling
▼7%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
▼10%


▼17%

Physics
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 10%