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Postsecondary Physics Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of postsecondary physics teachers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of postsecondary physics teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The postsecondary physics teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Physics Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,530
25th Percentile Wage
$60,740
50th Percentile Wage
$84,570
75th Percentile Wage
$119,840
90th Percentile Wage
$164,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for postsecondary physics teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) postsecondary physics teachers is $164,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,530. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 260% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary physics teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,5702.05%7.13%
201582,8402.56%-
201480,7200.16%-
201380,5902.54%-
201278,540--

Table 2. Postsecondary Physics Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary physics teachers in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$84,230

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Postsecondary Physics Teachers by States

From the above tables we note that not only postsecondary physics teachers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of postsecondary physics teachers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $60,180 to $103,980. The highest paying state for postsecondary physics teachers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $103,980. The lowest paying state is Kansas with a median annual salary of $60,180. For more salary information of postsecondary physics teachers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$103,980
New York
$100,430
New Mexico
$95,290
California
$95,150
Iowa
$95,070
Florida
$93,700
Ohio
$91,690
New Hampshire
$91,450
Maryland
$90,790
Arizona
$90,040
New Jersey
$89,420
Michigan
$88,230
Connecticut
$87,660
Utah
$86,610
District of Columbia
$86,210
Hawaii
$85,430
Colorado
$84,700
Indiana
$83,750
Pennsylvania
$83,180
Montana
$80,600
Rhode Island
$80,460
Texas
$80,460
Kentucky
$79,840
Alabama
$79,780
Illinois
$79,030
Louisiana
$78,430
North Carolina
$78,170
Maine
$77,610
Oregon
$77,240
Idaho
$74,110
West Virginia
$73,720
Minnesota
$73,560
South Dakota
$73,480
Virginia
$73,100
Arkansas
$72,800
Mississippi
$72,200
Georgia
$71,790
Wisconsin
$71,340
Nebraska
$70,080
South Carolina
$66,980
Missouri
$66,410
Oklahoma
$65,550
Tennessee
$64,710
Washington
$64,450
Kansas
$60,180


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