What Are The Training Requirements for Physicists?

Physicists need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Physicists
Typical education of Physicists
Percent
Less than High School 0.0
High School 0.0
Some College 0.0
Associates Degree 0.0
Bachelors Degree 17.6
Masters Degree 28.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 53.6

What Is the Employment Outlook for Physicists?

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 1,000 more physicists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 4,000 more.

This career includes 18,000 people in the United States.

How Much Do Physicists Make?

On average, physicists make $58.54 per hour or $121,770 per year in the United States.

What Is the Typical Hourly Income for Physicists?

Hourly income for Physicists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physicists $27.71 $39.83 $55.71 $73.90 $91.14
Life, physical, and social science occupations $16.03 $21.67 $30.45 $43.78 $59.27
Physical scientists $20.93 $27.19 $37.40 $52.14 $68.90
Astronomers and physicists $27.56 $38.98 $55.23 $73.65 $90.11
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

What Is the Typical Annual Salary for Physicists?

Annual salary for Physicists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physicists $57,640 $82,850 $115,870 $153,710 $189,560
Life, physical, and social science occupations $33,350 $45,060 $63,340 $91,060 $123,280
Physical scientists $43,520 $56,560 $77,790 $108,440 $143,300
Astronomers and physicists $57,310 $81,070 $114,870 $153,180 $187,430
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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