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Physicist Salary Information in North Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for physicists in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of physicists among North Carolina cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Physicists in North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,790
25th Percentile Wage
$31,590
50th Percentile Wage
$103,580
75th Percentile Wage
$153,980
90th Percentile Wage
$196,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physicists in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $196,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $103,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,790.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$103,580
-0.55% 8.38%
2016
$104,150
-2.92% -
2015
$107,190
-5.25% -
2014
$112,820
-5.31% -
2013
$118,810
20.12% -
2012
$94,900
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Physicists in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of physicists in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of physicists in state of North Carolina ranges from $31,070 to $151,930. The highest paying area for physicists in North Carolina is Greensboro-High Point with a median annual salary of $151,930. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $119,580). The lowest paying area is Durham-Chapel Hill with a median annual salary of $31,070.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Greensboro-High Point
$151,930
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$119,580
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$116,260
Winston-Salem
$108,110
Raleigh-Cary
$107,340
Durham-Chapel Hill
$31,070




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