Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
17,620 4.8 % $60.23 $125,280 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.51 $40.91 $58.15 $76.13 $92.92
Annual Wage (2) $59,300 $85,090 $120,950 $158,350 $193,280


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 6,270 0.93 $65.00 $135,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,510 0.12 $39.98 $83,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,110 0.16 $57.98 $120,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,180 0.02 $89.78 $186,740
Offices of Physicians 600 0.02 $87.68 $182,380

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 6,270 0.93 $65.00 $135,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,110 0.16 $57.98 $120,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,510 0.12 $39.98 $83,160
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 $82.24 $171,050
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 250 0.06 $57.47 $119,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,180 0.02 $89.78 $186,740
Offices of Physicians 600 0.02 $87.68 $182,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 $82.24 $171,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $81.11 $168,720
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 220 0.01 $75.64 $157,340


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)
California 3,200 0.19 1.55 $55.76 $115,970
Maryland 1,950 0.73 5.97 $57.91 $120,450
New Mexico 1,770 2.19 17.96 $72.07 $149,910
Texas 1,000 0.08 0.68 $56.87 $118,300
New York 950 0.10 0.83 $66.79 $138,920




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)
New Mexico 1,770 2.19 17.96 $72.07 $149,910
District of Columbia 670 0.93 7.67 $69.38 $144,300
Maryland 1,950 0.73 5.97 $57.91 $120,450
Colorado 930 0.36 2.92 $51.20 $106,490
Virginia 750 0.20 1.60 $52.14 $108,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 40 0.03 0.21 $78.94 $164,190
Minnesota 190 0.07 0.55 $74.59 $155,140
Wisconsin 90 0.03 0.26 $72.44 $150,670
Massachusetts 360 0.10 0.83 $72.20 $150,170
New Mexico 1,770 2.19 17.96 $72.07 $149,910





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,810 0.58 4.73 $63.62 $132,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,350 0.56 4.57 $60.86 $126,580
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 910 0.10 0.79 $69.39 $144,330
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 890 0.65 5.35 $57.97 $120,580
Boulder, CO 790 4.32 35.47 $50.90 $105,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 680 0.15 1.21 $57.43 $119,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 500 0.08 0.67 $47.13 $98,030
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 380 0.26 2.12 $54.44 $113,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 360 0.10 0.84 $71.16 $148,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 350 0.13 1.06 $71.39 $148,500




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)
Boulder, CO 790 4.32 35.47 $50.90 $105,880
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 270 1.26 10.33 $37.12 $77,210
California-Lexington Park, MD 50 1.15 9.46 $48.36 $100,600
Idaho Falls, ID 60 0.94 7.70 $62.85 $130,730
Champaign-Urbana, IL 80 0.75 6.19 $34.63 $72,030
Knoxville, TN 280 0.74 6.10 $61.15 $127,200
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 890 0.65 5.35 $57.97 $120,580
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 0.63 5.21 $64.53 $134,230
Panama City, FL 50 0.60 4.96 $53.15 $110,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,810 0.58 4.73 $63.62 $132,330




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)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 0.57 $81.52 $169,550
Winston-Salem, NC 50 0.18 1.44 $79.66 $165,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.15 $74.17 $154,280
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 110 0.05 0.45 $72.92 $151,670
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 80 0.07 0.61 $72.59 $150,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 350 0.13 1.06 $71.39 $148,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 360 0.10 0.84 $71.16 $148,010
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 910 0.10 0.79 $69.39 $144,330
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.06 0.52 $69.25 $144,040
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 30 0.01 0.11 $69.11 $143,760

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 17.30 142.16 $74.32 $154,590

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 17.30 142.16 $74.32 $154,590

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 17.30 142.16 $74.32 $154,590


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019