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Physicist Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for physicists in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of physicists among Washington metropolitan areas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Physicists in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,390
25th Percentile Wage
$79,460
50th Percentile Wage
$99,310
75th Percentile Wage
$136,610
90th Percentile Wage
$183,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physicists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $183,440. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $99,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,390.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27.59
25th Percentile Wage
$38.20
50th Percentile Wage
$47.75
75th Percentile Wage
$65.68
90th Percentile Wage
$88.19

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for physicists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $88.19. The median hourly salary is $47.75. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27.59.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201699,310-10.58%-12.12%
2015109,8205.33%-
2014103,9701.06%-
2013102,870-8.24%-
2012111,350--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Physicists in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of physicists in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of physicists in state of Washington ranges from $93,260 to $108,880. The highest paying area for physicists in Washington is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $108,880. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro (mean annual salary $96,160). The lowest paying area is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue with a median annual salary of $93,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$108,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$96,160
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$93,320
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$93,260


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