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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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
7.45% 18.55%
7.89% -
3.10% -
-4.15% -
5.32% -
- -

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
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

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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