Physicist Salary in the US

$96,500
per year
per month
$8,040
per month
per year
Bonus
$3,200/year
Bonus
$270/month

Physicist - Average Salary

The average salary for a Physicist is $96,500 per year ($8,040 per month), which is $43,010 (+80%) higher than the average salary in the United States.
A Physicist can expect an average starting salary of $51,560. The highest salaries can exceed $162,810.
$51,560
Low
$96,500
Average salary
$162,810
High
$4,300
Low
$8,040
Average salary
$13,570
High
Total pay includes salary and bonus.
$0
$90,000
$180,010
Salary$51,560 - 162,810
Bonus$0 - 17,200
Total Pay$51,560 - 180,010
$0
$7,500
$15,000
Salary$4,300 - 13,570
Bonus$0 - 1,430
Total Pay$4,300 - 15,000

Physicist Salary Range

Low
$51,560
Average salary
$96,500
Senior
$126,150
High
$162,810
Low
$4,300
Average salary
$8,040
Senior
$10,510
High
$13,570
Among Physicists in the U.S., Quantum Physicists, Computational Physicists or Medical Physicists enjoy the highest salaries.

Physicist - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Medical Physicist$150K/year
+55% 
Quantum Physicist$121K/year
+25% 
Computational Physicist$120K/year
+24% 
Nuclear Physicist$112K/year
+16% 
Theoretical Physicist$93K/year
 -4%

Physicist - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Physicist with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $61,200 per year. A mid level Physicist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $77,800, while a Senior Physicist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $114,200. Physicists with more than 20 years of experience earn $134,860 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Physicist

Late Career▲ +40%
Senior▲ +18%
Average Salary$96,500/year
Mid Level▼ -19%
Entry Level▼ -37%

Gender Breakdown

Female
10%
Male
90%

Physicist - Jobs by Location

Physicist - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Physicist jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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