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Highest Paying Cities for Physicists

The top 80 highest paying cities for physicists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of physicists in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $169,270, Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana is the highest paying city for physicists. It is followed by Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio (average annual salary $164,910). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of physicists in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 80 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Physicists

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$169,270
40
2 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$164,910
90
3 Memphis, Tennessee
$161,350
30
4 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$154,930
40
5 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$151,560
110
6 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$146,890
50
7 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$146,770
50
8 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$143,950
80
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$141,550
1,030
10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$139,020
80
11 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$138,460
200
12 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$138,290
1,700
13 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$136,690
360
14 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$132,090
30
15 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$131,320
590
16 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$131,270
730
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$131,130
1,030
18 Huntsville, Alabama
$130,730
120
19 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$129,210
40
20 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$125,080
960
21 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$124,810
100
22 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$124,030
70
23 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$122,590
80
24 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$120,760
40
25 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$120,640
40
26 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$119,790
150
27 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$118,720
60
28 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$117,440
560
29 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$117,350
130
30 St Louis, Missouri
$117,270
30
31 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$117,020
640
32 Camden, New Jersey
$116,400
n/a
33 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$115,980
60
34 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$115,250
50
35 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$114,700
280
36 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$112,730
170
37 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$112,520
n/a
38 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$112,340
60
39 Knoxville, Tennessee
$111,980
120
40 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$110,530
330
41 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$110,240
520
42 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$108,880
250
43 Dayton, Ohio
$107,500
140
44 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$106,870
140
45 Akron, Ohio
$104,610
70
46 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$103,640
30
47 Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area, Tennessee
$103,310
n/a
48 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$102,830
60
49 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$101,680
160
50 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$100,170
40
51 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$99,090
460
52 Honolulu, Hawaii
$98,400
80
53 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$97,630
30
54 Columbus, Ohio
$97,520
60
55 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$97,080
n/a
56 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$96,160
70
57 Boulder, Colorado
$95,390
850
58 Kansas City, Missouri
$95,060
110
59 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$93,770
140
60 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$93,320
130
61 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$93,260
140
62 Toledo, Ohio
$93,010
50
63 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$88,880
300
64 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$87,350
n/a
65 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$87,230
360
66 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$82,860
290
67 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$81,630
90
68 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$79,930
230
69 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$78,270
110
70 Tucson, Arizona
$78,150
90
71 Montgomery, Alabama
$77,960
30
72 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$76,810
320
73 Columbia, South Carolina
$74,090
40
74 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$72,470
40
75 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$68,850
90
76 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$64,210
140
77 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$59,580
80
78 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$56,950
60
79 College Station-Bryan, Texas
$47,340
220
80 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$31,050
150
See also: Highest paying industries for physicists.