Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
17,340 4.2 % $56.27 $117,040 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.52 $38.68 $52.94 $68.69 $87.42
Annual Wage (2) $55,150 $80,460 $110,110 $142,880 $181,840


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 5,640 0.89 $56.67 $117,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,110 0.16 $54.50 $113,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,050 0.10 $39.61 $82,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,230 0.11 $68.56 $142,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 980 0.02 $78.98 $164,280

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 5,640 0.89 $56.67 $117,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,110 0.16 $54.50 $113,350
Oil and Gas Extraction 270 0.14 $83.22 $173,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,230 0.11 $68.56 $142,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,050 0.10 $39.61 $82,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 450 0.02 $89.53 $186,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 270 0.14 $83.22 $173,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 980 0.02 $78.98 $164,280
Outpatient Care Centers 70 0.01 $74.74 $155,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $70.61 $146,870


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 3,320 0.23 1.73 $55.02 $114,450
Maryland 1,500 0.59 4.53 $59.96 $124,730
Texas 1,300 0.12 0.91 $57.65 $119,910
New Mexico 1,050 1.34 10.21 $60.92 $126,710
Virginia 960 0.26 2.02 $53.75 $111,800




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 1,050 1.34 10.21 $60.92 $126,710
District of Columbia 430 0.64 4.91 $60.91 $126,690
Maryland 1,500 0.59 4.53 $59.96 $124,730
Virginia 960 0.26 2.02 $53.75 $111,800
Washington 690 0.24 1.87 $54.81 $114,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 410 0.05 0.42 $82.29 $171,160
Louisiana 40 0.02 0.14 $77.46 $161,120
Minnesota 60 0.02 0.18 $73.98 $153,890
Hawaii 110 0.18 1.41 $70.46 $146,560
Oregon 70 0.04 0.32 $70.44 $146,510





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 1,430 0.61 4.63 $56.72 $117,980
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.89 6.80 $60.76 $126,390
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.12 8.55 $71.62 $148,960
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 590 0.21 1.64 $78.26 $162,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 570 0.32 2.48 $51.65 $107,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.54 4.11 $56.12 $116,730
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 540 0.43 3.33 $59.54 $123,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.12 0.92 $52.33 $108,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 420 0.33 2.50 $42.87 $89,160
Albuquerque, NM 360 0.97 7.43 $60.33 $125,480




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 270 2.70 20.65 $49.42 $102,790
College Station-Bryan, TX 250 2.59 19.77 $28.06 $58,360
Boulder, CO 350 2.18 16.64 $44.02 $91,570
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.12 8.55 $71.62 $148,960
Albuquerque, NM 360 0.97 7.43 $60.33 $125,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 0.89 6.80 $60.76 $126,390
Knoxville, TN 200 0.62 4.77 $44.43 $92,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.61 4.63 $56.72 $117,980
Portsmouth, NH-ME 30 0.57 4.37 $49.56 $103,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.54 4.11 $56.12 $116,730




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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $101.99 $212,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 590 0.21 1.64 $78.26 $162,780
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $78.24 $162,730
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 80 0.08 0.65 $76.41 $158,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.08 0.64 $73.53 $152,940
Honolulu, HI 100 0.23 1.75 $71.63 $149,000
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 630 1.12 8.55 $71.62 $148,960
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 0.52 $69.71 $145,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 0.45 $69.08 $143,690
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 70 0.09 0.71 $68.68 $142,860

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.26 $43.58 $90,640

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.26 $43.58 $90,640

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.24 $108,650
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.26 $43.58 $90,640


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014