Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
13,840 2.2 % (4) $88,470 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $43,240 $57,350 $78,540 $109,030 $146,770
  (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 11,450 0.39 (4) $92,360
Junior Colleges 2,310 0.30 (4) $65,230

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 11,450 0.39 (4) $92,360
Junior Colleges 2,310 0.30 (4) $65,230

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 11,450 0.39 (4) $92,360
Junior Colleges 2,310 0.30 (4) $65,230


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 1,240 0.15 1.37 (4) $100,880
California 1,030 0.07 0.68 (4) $116,080
Texas 930 0.09 0.83 (4) $90,920
Pennsylvania 890 0.16 1.50 (4) $94,130
Florida 680 0.09 0.88 (4) $86,790




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 130 0.29 2.70 (4) $90,570
West Virginia 140 0.20 1.88 (4) $73,380
Massachusetts 590 0.19 1.75 (4) $104,320
Pennsylvania 890 0.16 1.50 (4) $94,130
Connecticut 260 0.16 1.51 (4) $79,780




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 0.14 1.28 (4) $123,210
California 1,030 0.07 0.68 (4) $116,080
Massachusetts 590 0.19 1.75 (4) $104,320
New York 1,240 0.15 1.37 (4) $100,880
New Hampshire 80 0.12 1.16 (4) $100,590





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 1.04 (4) $104,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 0.89 (4) $113,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.19 1.81 (4) $121,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.17 1.60 (4) $101,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.22 (4) $101,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.68 (4) $58,640
Pittsburgh, PA 180 0.16 1.53 (4) $93,580
Baltimore-Towson, MD 180 0.14 1.33 (4) $123,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 1.18 (4) $89,520
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 1.60 (4) $102,830




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)
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 50 0.80 7.56 (4) $71,200
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 100 0.36 3.43 (4) $99,770
Lincoln, NE 50 0.29 2.76 (4) $84,990
Lexington-Fayette, KY 70 0.28 2.63 (4) $77,390
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 120 0.28 2.60 (4) $86,430
Rochester, NY 140 0.27 2.58 (4) $163,850
New Haven, CT 70 0.25 2.33 (4) $69,730
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.24 2.27 (4) $90,570
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 40 0.24 2.22 (4) $69,130
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 80 0.24 2.24 (4) $88,300




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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.77 (4) $197,040
Rochester, NY 140 0.27 2.58 (4) $163,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $123,570
Baltimore-Towson, MD 180 0.14 1.33 (4) $123,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.19 1.81 (4) $121,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 0.89 (4) $113,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.96 (4) $111,920
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 140 0.17 1.63 (4) $108,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.63 (4) $108,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 1.04 (4) $104,280

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)
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 90 4.11 38.68 (4) $87,190
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 2.48 (4) $66,030
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.36 (4) $55,950
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.57 (8) (8)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.46 (4) $77,150

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 Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 90 4.11 38.68 (4) $87,190
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.57 (8) (8)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.57 (8) (8)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 2.48 (4) $66,030
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.36 (4) $55,950

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)
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 90 4.11 38.68 (4) $87,190
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $83,460
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.46 (4) $77,150
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.55 (4) $72,670
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $66,860


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013