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
$73,460
25th Percentile Wage
$93,060
50th Percentile Wage
$121,290
75th Percentile Wage
$155,250
90th Percentile Wage
$200,430

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 $200,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $121,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physicists is $73,460.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physicists in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$121,290
7.45% 18.55%
2016
$112,250
7.89% -
2015
$103,390
3.10% -
2014
$100,180
-4.15% -
2013
$104,340
5.32% -
2012
$98,790
- -

Compare Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of physicists in twelve 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 transportation equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $151,720. 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
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$151,720
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$151,610
Machinery Manufacturing
$129,070
Machinery Manufacturing
$126,680
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$123,900
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$115,400
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$108,570
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$108,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$107,720
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$104,120
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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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