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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 $164,190, Oklahoma is the highest paying state for physicists. It is followed by Louisiana (average annual salary $159,230). 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 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 Oklahoma
$164,190
$58,410 50
2 Louisiana
$159,230
$101,700 40
3 District of Columbia
$147,370
$101,990 610
4 New Mexico
$146,040
$108,430 1,720
5 Kansas
$143,470
$93,820 40
6 Massachusetts
$134,740
$71,840 330
7 Tennessee
$132,290
$75,610 390
8 Utah
$131,840
$50,520 60
9 New Hampshire
$129,150
$71,140 110
10 Pennsylvania
$126,990
$63,770 240
11 Maryland
$123,240
$73,090 1,260
12 Florida
$121,190
$71,520 280
13 New York
$120,720
$58,490 990
14 Alabama
$120,400
$62,250 200
15 Rhode Island
$117,160
$53,400 60
16 Arizona
$116,320
$59,620 60
17 New Jersey
$115,090
$75,440 470
18 Georgia
$114,040
$76,240 70
19 Kentucky
$113,300
$22,770 40
20 Illinois
$113,250
$58,990 930
21 Ohio
$113,080
$58,960 460
22 California
$112,950
$56,170 2,920
23 Missouri
$111,250
$71,690 60
24 Minnesota
$110,950
$46,040 170
25 Idaho
$110,220
$85,790 90
26 North Dakota
$109,330
$50,610 40
27 Texas
$105,760
$45,000 650
28 Virginia
$105,610
$60,620 820
29 North Carolina
$103,580
$27,790 440
30 Maine
$103,340
$79,490 40
31 Nevada
$103,140
$58,560 60
32 South Carolina
$102,970
$59,430 190
33 Washington
$99,580
$60,210 460
34 Oregon
$99,330
$62,980 50
35 Colorado
$99,300
$52,250 960
36 Connecticut
$96,490
$60,670 110
37 Hawaii
$96,160
$78,890 50
38 Mississippi
$92,010
$41,990 90
39 Iowa
$86,760
$56,560 30
40 Michigan
$86,580
$52,570 580
41 Nebraska
$85,960
$52,420 40
42 Wisconsin
$80,280
$45,030 270
43 Indiana
$76,590
$55,260 230
44 Vermont
$74,510
$40,750 50

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.