Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
16,790 4.2 % $56.39 $117,300 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.41 $38.56 $52.69 $69.72 $88.77
Annual Wage (2) $54,930 $80,200 $109,600 $145,010 $184,650


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 4,980 0.78 $57.40 $119,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,070 0.16 $55.22 $114,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,010 0.10 $38.55 $80,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,130 0.09 $65.41 $136,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,060 0.02 $81.86 $170,270

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 4,980 0.78 $57.40 $119,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,070 0.16 $55.22 $114,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,010 0.10 $38.55 $80,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,130 0.09 $65.41 $136,050
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $57.77 $120,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 570 0.02 $81.87 $170,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,060 0.02 $81.86 $170,270
Outpatient Care Centers 80 0.01 $78.04 $162,330
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 120 0.05 $76.43 $158,970
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $67.97 $141,380


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 2,890 0.19 1.54 $54.68 $113,730
Texas 1,440 0.13 1.03 $55.74 $115,950
Maryland 1,400 0.55 4.41 $56.82 $118,190
New York 1,140 0.13 1.04 $55.21 $114,840
New Mexico 990 1.26 10.11 $61.96 $128,870



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 990 1.26 10.11 $61.96 $128,870
District of Columbia 460 0.68 5.49 $61.04 $126,950
Maryland 1,400 0.55 4.41 $56.82 $118,190
Colorado 590 0.25 2.01 $44.49 $92,540
Virginia 890 0.24 1.95 $54.98 $114,360



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 90 0.15 1.22 $70.97 $147,620
Minnesota 60 0.02 0.19 $70.71 $147,070
Florida 600 0.08 0.62 $70.24 $146,090
Kansas (8) (8) (8) $68.97 $143,470
Oklahoma 60 0.04 0.30 $67.78 $140,980




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 1,300 0.55 4.39 $57.57 $119,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 750 0.26 2.13 $68.81 $143,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.20 1.60 $45.87 $95,410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.76 6.16 $59.79 $124,370
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 590 1.05 8.45 $63.33 $131,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 560 0.31 2.51 $52.14 $108,450
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 520 0.42 3.34 $60.52 $125,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.47 3.80 $56.34 $117,180
Boulder, CO 400 2.41 19.39 $44.71 $92,990
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 340 0.26 2.06 $40.56 $84,360



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 400 2.41 19.39 $44.71 $92,990
College Station-Bryan, TX 220 2.25 18.14 $28.32 $58,910
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 590 1.05 8.45 $63.33 $131,720
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 170 0.85 6.86 $34.99 $72,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.76 6.16 $59.79 $124,370
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.67 5.40 $50.73 $105,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.55 4.39 $57.57 $119,740
Knoxville, TN 160 0.49 3.93 $44.95 $93,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.47 3.80 $56.34 $117,180
Charlottesville, VA 40 0.45 3.58 (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)
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $83.92 $174,560
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.07 0.59 $75.85 $157,760
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $72.03 $149,820
Honolulu, HI 80 0.19 1.49 $71.72 $149,170
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.22 $71.33 $148,370
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.07 0.56 $69.50 $144,560
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 0.55 $69.15 $143,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 750 0.26 2.13 $68.81 $143,130
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 40 0.20 1.57 $68.15 $141,740
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 140 0.13 1.08 $66.44 $138,190

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.98 $64.62 $134,410
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.10 $44.59 $92,750
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.77 6.19 $55.01 $114,420

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.77 6.19 $55.01 $114,420
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.10 $44.59 $92,750
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.98 $64.62 $134,410

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.98 $64.62 $134,410
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.77 6.19 $55.01 $114,420
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.10 $44.59 $92,750


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015