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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
$72,520
25th Percentile Wage
$104,320
50th Percentile Wage
$130,120
75th Percentile Wage
$160,280
90th Percentile Wage
$193,630

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 $193,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $130,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physicists is $72,520.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physicists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$130,120
-0.43% 16.27%
2016
$130,680
4.57% -
2015
$124,710
6.20% -
2014
$116,980
1.54% -
2013
$115,180
5.41% -
2012
$108,950
- -

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

The average salaries of physicists in nine 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 $171,390. The lowest paying industry is the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry (annual salary $109,960). 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
$171,390
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$141,740
Engineering Services
$140,000
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$133,680
Scientific Research and Development Services
$130,530
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$130,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$130,120
Testing Laboratories
$110,010
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$109,960

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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