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Physicist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare physicist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Physicists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$73,770
25th Percentile Wage
$103,050
50th Percentile Wage
$130,680
75th Percentile Wage
$160,310
90th Percentile Wage
$193,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $193,940. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $130,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physicists is $73,770.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016130,6804.57%16.63%
2015124,7106.20%-
2014116,9801.54%-
2013115,1805.41%-
2012108,950--

Compare Physicist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of physicists in eight industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $179,410. The lowest paying industry is the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry (annual salary $101,790). For detailed physicist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$179,410
Engineering Services
$141,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$132,790
Scientific Research and Development Services
$131,280
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$131,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$130,680
Testing Laboratories
$122,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$101,790

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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