Information About Physicists

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Training

Physicists need doctoral degree.

Degrees for Physicists
Training for Physicists
Percent
Less than High School 0.0
High School 0.4
Some College 4.5
Associates Degree 1.0
Bachelors Degree 18.5
Masters Degree 24.4
Doctorate or Professional Degree 51.2

Employment

Represents about 15,000 people in the United States- 0.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more physicists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 6,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, physicists make $53.89 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physicists $27.90 $38.10 $51.10 $66.60 $82.40
Life, physical, and social science occupations $15.00 $20.20 $28.50 $40.50 $54.60
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, physicists make $112,090 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physicists $58,190 $79,260 $106,360 $138,600 $171,430
Life, physical, and social science occupations $31,310 $42,020 $59,330 $84,320 $113,620
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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