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Highest Paying States for Physicists

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $159,230, Louisiana is the highest paying state for physicists. It is followed by Oklahoma (average annual salary $147,280). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Physicists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Louisiana
$159,230
$101,700 40
2 Oklahoma
$147,280
$56,470 50
3 District of Columbia
$144,710
$96,420 570
4 Kansas
$143,470
$93,820 40
5 New Mexico
$143,330
$106,600 1,640
6 New Hampshire
$136,750
$63,560 70
7 Pennsylvania
$136,070
$75,860 210
8 Georgia
$135,750
$71,030 100
9 Oregon
$126,040
$58,950 90
10 Maryland
$125,250
$77,980 1,140
11 Ohio
$119,320
$68,090 510
12 Rhode Island
$117,160
$53,400 60
13 Illinois
$116,700
$66,100 690
14 Massachusetts
$116,150
$54,330 360
15 Arizona
$115,350
$60,910 70
16 Alabama
$115,170
$55,970 190
17 New Jersey
$115,090
$75,440 390
18 Kentucky
$113,300
$22,770 40
19 Tennessee
$113,220
$58,220 220
20 New York
$113,130
$56,960 1,070
21 California
$109,880
$51,830 2,860
22 Virginia
$109,060
$70,970 830
23 Utah
$108,410
$47,250 30
24 Florida
$105,340
$84,820 540
25 North Carolina
$104,150
$27,610 380
26 Nevada
$103,140
$58,560 60
27 Minnesota
$102,460
$45,100 130
28 Washington
$99,310
$57,390 460
29 Texas
$99,260
$49,560 970
30 Maine
$98,770
$78,480 40
31 Mississippi
$98,610
$40,120 90
32 Colorado
$96,560
$51,280 1,010
33 Missouri
$96,510
$72,710 120
34 Connecticut
$96,490
$60,670 100
35 Hawaii
$94,310
$74,950 50
36 Michigan
$92,640
$51,930 410
37 Nebraska
$85,960
$52,420 40
38 Idaho
$84,270
$69,220 160
39 Wisconsin
$80,130
$45,310 350
40 Indiana
$76,590
$55,260 210

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of physicists in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for physicists, Top Paying Jobs in America.