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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
13,780 2.3 % (4) $101,110 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $49,690 $64,660 $89,590 $124,880 $168,900
  (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 11,500 0.37 (4) $104,150
Junior Colleges 2,200 0.31 (4) $84,330

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 11,500 0.37 (4) $104,150
Junior Colleges 2,200 0.31 (4) $84,330

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 11,500 0.37 (4) $104,150
Junior Colleges 2,200 0.31 (4) $84,330


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 1,540 0.16 1.73 (4) $123,920
Texas 1,050 0.08 0.90 (4) $92,710
California 910 0.05 0.56 (4) $126,480
Pennsylvania 820 0.14 1.49 (4) $97,860
Illinois 590 0.10 1.05 (4) $97,420




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 90 0.18 1.97 (4) $105,260
New York 1,540 0.16 1.73 (4) $123,920
Massachusetts 590 0.16 1.73 (4) $118,480
Utah 210 0.14 1.48 (4) $88,200
Pennsylvania 820 0.14 1.49 (4) $97,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 340 0.13 1.34 (4) $132,050
California 910 0.05 0.56 (4) $126,480
New York 1,540 0.16 1.73 (4) $123,920
Massachusetts 590 0.16 1.73 (4) $118,480
Louisiana 110 0.06 0.63 (4) $111,170





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,150 0.12 1.26 (4) $124,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 490 0.17 1.80 (4) $103,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 420 0.15 1.59 (4) $123,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 390 0.08 0.88 (4) $94,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 380 0.06 0.65 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 320 0.10 1.09 (4) $140,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.07 0.80 (4) $99,110
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 200 0.07 0.80 (4) $93,980
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 180 0.13 1.38 (4) $81,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 180 0.05 0.52 (4) $84,190




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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.09 11.58 (4) $148,240
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 110 0.84 8.99 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.56 5.98 (4) $101,900
Boulder, CO 90 0.46 4.93 (8) (8)
Syracuse, NY 120 0.38 4.06 (4) $95,350
Rochester, NY 180 0.34 3.64 (4) $144,220
Lincoln, NE 50 0.26 2.81 (4) $99,420
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 110 0.25 2.68 (4) $111,850
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.24 2.56 (4) $111,270
Trenton, NJ 50 0.21 2.24 (8) (8)




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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.09 11.58 (4) $148,240
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 140 0.09 1.00 (4) $144,430
Rochester, NY 180 0.34 3.64 (4) $144,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 320 0.10 1.09 (4) $140,310
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.14 1.50 (4) $132,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.02 0.25 (4) $126,650
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.82 (4) $125,780
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,150 0.12 1.26 (4) $124,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 420 0.15 1.59 (4) $123,950
Knoxville, TN 40 0.11 1.16 (4) $120,470

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 5.30 (8) (8)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.85 (4) $101,490
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 5.94 (4) $71,520
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.34 (4) $75,360
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.09 0.96 (4) $89,100

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 0.56 5.94 (4) $71,520
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 5.30 (8) (8)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.85 (4) $101,490
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.34 (4) $75,360
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.09 0.96 (4) $89,100

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.85 (4) $101,490
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.09 0.96 (4) $89,100
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.34 (4) $75,360
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 5.94 (4) $71,520
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $63,570


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020