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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

25-1054 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


National estimates for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Industry profile for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Geographic profile for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

National estimates for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
13,670 2.2 % (4) $ 101,290 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,340 $ 64,990 $ 90,400 $ 125,290 $ 169,240
  (4)

Industry profile for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,560 0.38 (4) $ 104,470
Junior Colleges 2,100 0.31 (4) $ 83,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,560 0.38 (4) $ 104,470
Junior Colleges 2,100 0.31 (4) $ 83,130

Top paying industries for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,560 0.38 (4) $ 104,470
Junior Colleges 2,100 0.31 (4) $ 83,130


Geographic profile for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

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





States with the highest employment level in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,380 0.16 1.62 (4) $ 122,820
Texas 1,180 0.10 0.99 (4) $ 94,240
Pennsylvania 830 0.15 1.54 (4) $ 97,320
California 820 0.05 0.51 (4) $ 119,590
Michigan 620 0.16 1.61 (4) $ 98,770




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 100 0.23 2.31 (4) $ 104,630
Massachusetts 570 0.17 1.74 (4) $ 123,160
District of Columbia 110 0.17 1.68 (4) $ 106,720
New York 1,380 0.16 1.62 (4) $ 122,820
Michigan 620 0.16 1.61 (4) $ 98,770




Top paying states for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 350 0.14 1.41 (4) $ 136,210
Massachusetts 570 0.17 1.74 (4) $ 123,160
New York 1,380 0.16 1.62 (4) $ 122,820
California 820 0.05 0.51 (4) $ 119,590
Iowa 150 0.10 1.02 (4) $ 110,440





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,090 0.12 1.25 (4) $ 119,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 500 0.19 1.90 (4) $ 92,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 410 0.09 0.95 (4) $ 97,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.15 1.55 (4) $ 129,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.17 (4) $ 135,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 320 0.05 0.55 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 1.05 (4) $ 96,570
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 240 0.07 0.67 (4) $ 91,700
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 210 0.12 1.19 (4) $ 85,620
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 190 0.15 1.50 (4) $ 96,560




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.10 11.23 (4) $ 148,480
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 60 0.88 9.00 (8) (8)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 100 0.81 8.28 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.49 5.03 (4) $ 113,990
Syracuse, NY 90 0.31 3.20 (4) $ 95,030
Rochester, NY 140 0.30 3.06 (4) $ 160,370
Tucson, AZ 100 0.28 2.82 (4) $ 113,520
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.27 2.71 (4) $ 113,970
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.23 2.34 (4) $ 129,540
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.20 2.08 (4) $ 120,530




Top paying metropolitan areas for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, NY 140 0.30 3.06 (4) $ 160,370
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.10 11.23 (4) $ 148,480
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.08 0.84 (4) $ 141,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 1.17 (4) $ 135,810
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.23 2.34 (4) $ 129,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.15 1.55 (4) $ 129,460
Knoxville, TN 40 0.09 0.95 (4) $ 127,500
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.20 2.08 (4) $ 120,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,090 0.12 1.25 (4) $ 119,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 80 0.04 0.36 (4) $ 114,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.66 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.82 (4) $ 85,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.72 (4) $ 103,660
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.32 (4) $ 96,040
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 30 0.11 1.11 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.66 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.82 (4) $ 85,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.72 (4) $ 103,660
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.32 (4) $ 96,040
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.28 (4) $ 82,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.72 (4) $ 103,660
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.32 (4) $ 96,040
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.82 (4) $ 85,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.28 (4) $ 82,980


About May 2020 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 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.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021