Information About Physicists

Training Requirements for Physicists

Physicists need doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Physicists
Training for 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

Employment outlook for Physicists

Represents about 18,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 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.


Hourly Income

On average, physicists make $58.54 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
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

Annual Salaries

On average, physicists make $121,770 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
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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