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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
12,460 0.2 % (4) $ 99,480 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,000 $ 62,540 $ 93,070 $ 124,660 $ 164,150
  (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 10,510 0.35 (4) $ 101,540
Junior Colleges 1,940 0.31 (4) $ 88,580

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 10,510 0.35 (4) $ 101,540
Junior Colleges 1,940 0.31 (4) $ 88,580

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 10,510 0.35 (4) $ 101,540
Junior Colleges 1,940 0.31 (4) $ 88,580


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.



Map of employment of physics teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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 1,200 0.14 1.57 (4) $ 115,420
Texas 1,180 0.10 1.09 (4) $ 84,350
California 810 0.05 0.55 (4) $ 140,380
Pennsylvania 720 0.13 1.45 (4) $ 97,550
Virginia 540 0.14 1.62 (4) $ 101,000


Map of location quotient of physics teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


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)
Hawaii 120 0.21 2.42 (4) $ 65,080
District of Columbia 120 0.18 2.08 (4) $ 104,590
Delaware 80 0.18 1.99 (4) $ 97,830
Virginia 540 0.14 1.62 (4) $ 101,000
New York 1,200 0.14 1.57 (4) $ 115,420


Map of annual mean wages of physics teachers, postsecondary by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Physics Teachers, Postsecondary:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 810 0.05 0.55 (4) $ 140,380
Massachusetts 460 0.13 1.52 (4) $ 124,820
New York 1,200 0.14 1.57 (4) $ 115,420
Oregon 150 0.08 0.93 (4) $ 110,270
Wisconsin 310 0.11 1.27 (4) $ 105,630



Map of employment of physics teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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 980 0.11 1.27 (4) $ 120,010
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 420 0.16 1.79 (4) $ 99,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 1.44 (4) $ 134,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 1.19 (4) $ 116,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 290 0.07 0.77 (4) $ 103,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 1.03 (4) $ 85,980
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.18 2.07 (4) $ 92,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 230 0.04 0.45 (4) $ 142,450
Austin-Round Rock, TX 220 0.21 2.35 (4) $ 102,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 220 0.06 0.70 (4) $ 92,900


Map of location quotient of physics teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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)
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.00 11.26 (4) $ 105,140
Trenton, NJ 90 0.40 4.50 (4) $ 116,700
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.36 4.11 (4) $ 121,590
Tucson, AZ 110 0.30 3.44 (4) $ 107,830
New Haven, CT 70 0.24 2.68 (4) $ 87,130
Syracuse, NY 70 0.23 2.64 (4) $ 97,150
Austin-Round Rock, TX 220 0.21 2.35 (4) $ 102,650
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.20 2.28 (4) $ 92,960
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.20 2.24 (4) $ 110,620
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.18 2.07 (4) $ 92,800


Map of annual mean wages of physics teachers, postsecondary by area, May 2021


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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.70 (4) $ 148,140
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.11 1.24 (4) $ 144,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 230 0.04 0.45 (4) $ 142,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.06 0.63 (4) $ 140,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 1.44 (4) $ 134,380
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.03 0.39 (4) $ 127,880
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.36 4.11 (4) $ 121,590
Knoxville, TN 40 0.11 1.19 (4) $ 120,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 980 0.11 1.27 (4) $ 120,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 310 0.11 1.19 (4) $ 116,790

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.98 (4) $ 110,310
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.66 (4) $ 87,080
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.68 (4) $ 87,350
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.02 (4) $ 75,020

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.98 (4) $ 110,310
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.66 (4) $ 87,080
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.02 (4) $ 75,020
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.68 (4) $ 87,350

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 0.26 2.98 (4) $ 110,310
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.68 (4) $ 87,350
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.66 (4) $ 87,080
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.02 (4) $ 75,020


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022