Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
14,160 1.6 % (4) $97,520 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $45,530 $60,740 $84,570 $119,840 $164,130
  (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 11,640 0.39 (4) $98,740
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $87,390

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 11,640 0.39 (4) $98,740
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $87,390

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 11,640 0.39 (4) $98,740
Junior Colleges 2,380 0.32 (4) $87,390


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 1,430 0.16 1.56 (4) $114,390
Texas 1,210 0.10 1.02 (4) $92,080
California 1,120 0.07 0.70 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 950 0.17 1.64 (4) $91,050
Massachusetts 610 0.18 1.75 (4) $116,060




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 100 0.20 1.98 (4) $89,370
New Mexico 140 0.18 1.78 (4) $102,860
Massachusetts 610 0.18 1.75 (4) $116,060
Maryland 480 0.18 1.81 (4) $108,700
Vermont 50 0.17 1.64 (4) $87,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 610 0.18 1.75 (4) $116,060
New York 1,430 0.16 1.56 (4) $114,390
Maryland 480 0.18 1.81 (4) $108,700
Ohio 530 0.10 0.98 (4) $108,030
Iowa 140 0.09 0.93 (4) $105,620





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 810 0.12 1.22 (4) $112,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 420 0.17 1.65 (4) $110,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 410 0.14 1.40 (4) $96,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.38 3.76 (4) $100,020
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.91 (4) $86,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.70 (4) $133,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.07 0.72 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.15 1.51 (4) $91,480
Rochester, NY 200 0.40 3.95 (4) $173,410
Pittsburgh, PA 180 0.16 1.54 (4) $89,060




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)
Trenton, NJ 100 0.46 4.60 (8) (8)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 120 0.42 4.19 (4) $110,400
Rochester, NY 200 0.40 3.95 (4) $173,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.38 3.76 (4) $100,020
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.37 3.66 (4) $99,020
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 70 0.36 3.56 (4) $78,740
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.35 3.44 (4) $84,940
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.27 2.70 (4) $93,160
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 40 0.26 2.61 (4) $77,560
Lincoln, NE 40 0.24 2.38 (4) $87,780




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.92 (4) $178,620
Rochester, NY 200 0.40 3.95 (4) $173,410
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.14 1.44 (4) $134,150
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.70 (4) $133,860
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 120 0.13 1.27 (4) $132,770
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 110 0.08 0.80 (4) $125,490
Akron, OH 40 0.12 1.18 (4) $120,510
Knoxville, TN 40 0.09 0.92 (4) $120,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 30 0.03 0.26 (4) $116,430
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 810 0.12 1.22 (4) $112,180

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 2.36 (4) $86,950
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 2.44 (4) $82,670
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.30 (4) $72,930
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 1.07 (8) (8)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 3.10 (4) $44,730

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)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 3.10 (4) $44,730
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 2.63 (4) $60,030
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 2.44 (4) $82,670
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.36 (4) $86,950
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.30 (4) $72,930

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 2.36 (4) $86,950
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 2.44 (4) $82,670
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.64 (4) $79,980
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.30 (4) $72,930
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 2.63 (4) $60,030


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017