Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-2012 Physicists

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories. Excludes "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,860 7.2 % $53.86 $112,020 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.30 $38.32 $51.14 $66.85 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $58,850 $79,710 $106,370 $139,060 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,850 1.12 $53.93 $112,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,210 0.16 $54.55 $113,470
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,340 0.08 $41.87 $87,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,010 0.10 $64.00 $133,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 820 0.02 $74.11 $154,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 6,850 1.12 $53.93 $112,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,210 0.16 $54.55 $113,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,010 0.10 $64.00 $133,120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,340 0.08 $41.87 $87,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 120 0.08 $58.38 $121,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.03 $86.64 $180,210
Offices of Physicians 270 0.01 $84.22 $175,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 820 0.02 $74.11 $154,150
Outpatient Care Centers 40 0.01 $70.58 $146,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,010 0.10 $64.00 $133,120


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 2,930 0.53 4.00 $62.92 $130,880
California 2,890 0.21 1.56 $49.82 $103,620
Maryland 1,160 0.47 3.54 $56.79 $118,110
Virginia 810 0.23 1.74 $55.33 $115,090
Texas 780 0.08 0.59 $39.91 $83,010




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 500 0.78 5.87 $58.48 $121,650
Illinois 2,930 0.53 4.00 $62.92 $130,880
Maryland 1,160 0.47 3.54 $56.79 $118,110
Washington 780 0.29 2.19 $50.26 $104,540
Colorado 500 0.23 1.75 $53.48 $111,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 140 0.06 0.42 $73.29 $152,450
Nevada 70 0.06 0.45 $72.88 $151,590
Kansas 40 0.03 0.22 $68.06 $141,570
Indiana 110 0.04 0.29 $67.11 $139,590
Florida 300 0.04 0.32 $66.09 $137,470

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.73 5.50 $63.57 $132,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.51 3.87 $58.76 $122,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.26 1.98 $42.28 $87,950
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.27 9.55 $57.83 $120,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.25 1.89 $51.26 $106,620
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.44 3.29 $60.66 $126,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 400 0.30 2.25 $54.68 $113,730
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.39 2.97 $51.11 $106,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.07 0.51 $57.70 $120,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 310 0.25 1.89 $52.92 $110,080




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
College Station-Bryan, TX 240 2.55 19.20 $24.89 $51,780
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.49 18.74 $49.22 $102,380
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 700 1.27 9.55 $57.83 $120,290
Albuquerque, NM 280 0.74 5.61 $56.72 $117,980
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.73 5.50 $63.57 $132,230
Huntsville, AL 140 0.71 5.38 $50.29 $104,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.51 3.87 $58.76 $122,220
Las Cruces, NM 30 0.50 3.76 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.47 3.57 $44.09 $91,700
Dayton, OH 170 0.47 3.54 $51.01 $106,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.31 $85.84 $178,550
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 0.39 $82.63 $171,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 0.48 $74.22 $154,380
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.18 1.37 $73.45 $152,780
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 0.06 0.44 $66.72 $138,770
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.04 0.33 $64.25 $133,640
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 100 0.08 0.63 $64.17 $133,470
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.73 5.50 $63.57 $132,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 1.11 $61.89 $128,720
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 50 0.06 0.42 $61.67 $128,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 4.34 32.69 $49.88 $103,760
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.28 9.66 $56.21 $116,920
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.38 $46.05 $95,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 4.34 32.69 $49.88 $103,760
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.28 9.66 $56.21 $116,920
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.38 $46.05 $95,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.28 9.66 $56.21 $116,920
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 4.34 32.69 $49.88 $103,760
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.38 $46.05 $95,790


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011