Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
16,710 4.9 % $59.17 $123,080 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.61 $40.09 $57.13 $74.82 $91.60
Annual Wage (2) $57,430 $83,380 $118,830 $155,620 $190,540


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 5,970 0.92 $63.91 $132,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,130 0.15 $57.21 $119,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,090 0.10 $37.93 $78,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,260 0.02 $85.30 $177,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.04 $54.72 $113,830

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 5,970 0.92 $63.91 $132,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,130 0.15 $57.21 $119,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,090 0.10 $37.93 $78,890
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 190 0.05 $55.27 $114,950
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $84.04 $174,800

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 1,260 0.02 $85.30 $177,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $84.04 $174,800
Outpatient Care Centers 70 0.01 $81.99 $170,540
Offices of Physicians 380 0.01 $81.71 $169,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $81.51 $169,540


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 2,920 0.17 1.49 $54.65 $113,660
New Mexico 1,720 2.15 18.33 $71.00 $147,690
Maryland 1,260 0.47 4.03 $59.84 $124,470
New York 990 0.11 0.91 $63.13 $131,310
Colorado 960 0.38 3.21 $50.40 $104,840




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 1,720 2.15 18.33 $71.00 $147,690
District of Columbia 610 0.86 7.36 $68.80 $143,100
Maryland 1,260 0.47 4.03 $59.84 $124,470
Colorado 960 0.38 3.21 $50.40 $104,840
Virginia 820 0.22 1.84 $52.55 $109,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 50 0.03 0.25 $77.62 $161,450
Florida 280 0.03 0.29 $73.83 $153,570
New Mexico 1,720 2.15 18.33 $71.00 $147,690
District of Columbia 610 0.86 7.36 $68.80 $143,100
Massachusetts 330 0.09 0.79 $68.42 $142,310



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.41 3.49 $68.24 $141,950
Boulder, CO 820 4.61 39.32 $49.75 $103,490
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 1.69 $59.60 $123,980
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 580 0.98 8.40 $64.14 $133,420
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 480 0.07 0.62 $69.84 $145,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.08 0.67 $47.66 $99,130
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 310 0.41 3.51 $40.54 $84,320
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 270 0.19 1.61 $48.84 $101,580
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 270 1.25 10.62 $36.51 $75,930
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.13 1.12 $69.89 $145,360


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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)
Boulder, CO 820 4.61 39.32 $49.75 $103,490
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 270 1.25 10.62 $36.51 $75,930
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.12 9.57 $52.34 $108,870
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.05 8.93 $59.39 $123,530
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 580 0.98 8.40 $64.14 $133,420
Champaign-Urbana, IL 70 0.72 6.12 $34.05 $70,830
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 0.69 5.87 $61.76 $128,470
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 190 0.65 5.55 $32.10 $66,760
Panama City, FL 50 0.63 5.38 $53.12 $110,500
Huntsville, AL 130 0.57 4.82 $67.72 $140,860


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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)
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.06 0.54 $76.50 $159,110
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 90 0.08 0.69 $72.44 $150,680
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.41 $71.06 $147,800
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.13 1.12 $69.89 $145,360
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 480 0.07 0.62 $69.84 $145,270
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.47 $69.04 $143,600
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.67 $68.88 $143,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.41 3.49 $68.24 $141,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.19 1.66 $67.84 $141,100
Huntsville, AL 130 0.57 4.82 $67.72 $140,860

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 85.75 731.67 $72.72 $151,260

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 85.75 731.67 $72.72 $151,260

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,380 85.75 731.67 $72.72 $151,260
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.21 $75,310


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.

(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