Physicist Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare physicist salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$71,440
25th Percentile Wage
$89,620
50th Percentile Wage
$112,250
75th Percentile Wage
$148,860
90th Percentile Wage
$193,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physicists is $193,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $112,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physicists is $71,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016112,2507.89%11.99%
2015103,3903.10%-
2014100,180-4.15%-
2013104,3405.32%-
201298,790--

Compare Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of physicists in eight industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for physicist occupations is the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry with an annual salary $135,600. The lowest paying industry is the other fabricated metal product manufacturing industry (annual salary $91,580). For detailed physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$135,600
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$108,570
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$108,570
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$104,120
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$102,660
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$100,640
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$91,670
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$91,580

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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