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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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.


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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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
13,710 1.6 % (4) $101,190 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $47,630 $62,640 $87,340 $124,060 $171,920
  (4)

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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,160 0.37 (4) $102,530
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $91,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,160 0.37 (4) $102,530
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $91,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 11,160 0.37 (4) $102,530
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $91,030


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)
New York 1,410 0.15 1.59 (4) $121,440
California 1,220 0.07 0.76 (8) (8)
Texas 1,090 0.09 0.95 (4) $95,410
Pennsylvania 780 0.14 1.41 (4) $94,270
Illinois 590 0.10 1.03 (4) $89,040




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)
Rhode Island 110 0.22 2.32 (4) $100,310
Maryland 460 0.17 1.81 (4) $111,150
Washington 470 0.15 1.52 (4) $81,250
New York 1,410 0.15 1.59 (4) $121,440
New Hampshire 100 0.15 1.57 (4) $102,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,410 0.15 1.59 (4) $121,440
Massachusetts 540 0.15 1.58 (4) $115,920
Ohio 530 0.10 1.02 (4) $112,840
Maryland 460 0.17 1.81 (4) $111,150
New Jersey 490 0.12 1.26 (4) $110,290



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.13 1.31 (4) $118,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 370 0.15 1.54 (4) $118,810
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.97 (4) $85,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 0.79 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 1.08 (4) $108,930
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.45 (4) $131,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.15 1.54 (4) $94,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.26 2.68 (4) $112,400
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 160 0.13 1.30 (4) $104,600
Rochester, NY 160 0.32 3.31 (4) $194,770


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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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 150 0.50 5.18 (4) $117,860
Tallahassee, FL 60 0.36 3.73 (4) $102,440
Rochester, NY 160 0.32 3.31 (4) $194,770
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.29 3.00 (4) $104,160
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 120 0.27 2.78 (4) $100,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.26 2.68 (4) $112,400
Madison, WI 100 0.25 2.64 (4) $103,300
Syracuse, NY 70 0.22 2.31 (4) $100,920
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.20 2.08 (4) $107,410
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 110 0.19 1.96 (4) $100,090


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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)
Rochester, NY 160 0.32 3.31 (4) $194,770
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 0.94 (4) $135,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.13 1.38 (4) $135,310
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.14 1.49 (4) $132,500
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 1.45 (4) $131,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.52 (4) $127,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 370 0.15 1.54 (4) $118,810
Akron, OH 40 0.14 1.41 (4) $118,300
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.13 1.31 (4) $118,010
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 150 0.50 5.18 (4) $117,860

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.46 (4) $88,790
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 6.01 (4) $66,850
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.10 1.07 (8) (8)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 3.14 (4) $45,930
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.19 (4) $85,840

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)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 6.01 (4) $66,850
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 3.14 (4) $45,930
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 2.54 (4) $69,800
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.46 (4) $88,790
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.26 (4) $88,690

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.46 (4) $88,790
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 2.26 (4) $88,690
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.19 (4) $85,840
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 2.54 (4) $69,800
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 6.01 (4) $66,850


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018