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Highest Paying Cities for Physicists

The top 100 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 Memphis, Tennessee (average annual salary $161,350). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of physicists in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Physicists

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$169,270
40
2 Memphis, Tennessee
$161,350
30
3 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$157,940
40
4 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$156,240
100
5 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$155,430
60
6 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$151,930
30
7 Los Alamos County, New Mexico
$149,100
1,380
8 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$146,770
50
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$145,630
1,030
10 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$145,560
30
11 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$144,780
90
12 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$143,950
80
13 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$142,240
1,610
14 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$141,390
30
15 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$141,220
70
16 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$139,330
210
17 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$137,680
240
18 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$136,690
360
19 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$135,820
580
20 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$135,090
730
21 Huntsville, Alabama
$135,000
130
22 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$134,260
530
23 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$132,910
320
24 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$132,090
50
25 Nashua, New Hampshire
$131,480
n/a
26 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$131,320
590
27 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$129,030
1,080
28 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$128,750
160
29 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$125,450
40
30 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$124,810
100
31 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$123,740
960
32 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$123,570
70
33 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$122,890
40
34 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$122,580
120
35 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$121,500
30
36 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$120,850
50
37 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$120,760
40
38 Idaho Falls, Idaho
$120,450
70
39 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$119,860
70
40 Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, North Carolina
$119,580
n/a
41 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$118,080
480
42 St Louis, Missouri
$117,270
30
43 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$116,680
720
44 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$116,680
810
45 Camden, New Jersey
$116,400
n/a
46 Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area, North Carolina
$116,260
40
47 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$115,980
60
48 Wilmington, New Jersey
$114,840
30
49 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$112,730
170
50 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$112,520
n/a
51 Elgin, USA
$112,460
90
52 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$112,190
30
53 Knoxville, Tennessee
$111,980
120
54 Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, Florida
$111,550
50
55 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$110,390
60
56 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$110,240
520
57 East Idaho nonmetropolitan area, Idaho
$110,160
40
58 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$109,960
50
59 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$109,700
70
60 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
$108,880
250
61 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$108,790
150
62 Dayton, Ohio
$108,180
140
63 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$108,110
40
64 Roanoke, Virginia
$107,840
n/a
65 Columbus, Ohio
$107,530
110
66 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$107,440
100
67 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$107,340
60
68 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$106,870
140
69 Akron, Ohio
$104,610
40
70 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$104,130
230
71 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$103,640
30
72 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
$103,360
60
73 Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area, Tennessee
$103,310
n/a
74 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$101,550
120
75 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$101,510
270
76 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$100,670
200
77 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$100,170
40
78 Honolulu, Hawaii
$98,400
80
79 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$97,630
30
80 Charlottesville, Virginia
$97,260
60
81 Boulder, Colorado
$96,580
820
82 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$96,260
140
83 Urban Honolulu, USA
$96,150
40
84 Kansas City, Missouri
$95,060
110
85 Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area, Indiana
$93,990
40
86 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$93,510
100
87 Toledo, Ohio
$93,010
50
88 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$91,430
40
89 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$89,380
140
90 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$89,130
140
91 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$88,880
300
92 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$87,350
n/a
93 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$84,960
130
94 Madison, Wisconsin
$83,320
50
95 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$81,630
90
96 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$81,010
350
97 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$79,720
40
98 Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina
$79,670
110
99 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$79,390
310
100 Tucson, Arizona
$78,150
90
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