Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

19-2012 Physicists

Conduct research into the phases of physical phenomena, develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply laws and theories to industry and other fields.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,390 4.6 % $42.48 $88,350 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.98 $31.93 $41.17 $52.35 $63.26
Annual Wage (2) $49,880 $66,410 $85,630 $108,890 $131,570

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Scientific research and development services 4,460 $45.02 $93,640 1 6
Federal government (OES designation) 3,370 $44.10 $91,730 2 7
Colleges and universities 890 $26.04 $54,160 3 15
General medical and surgical hospitals 720 $49.70 $103,370 4 2
Architectural and engineering services 310 $39.48 $82,110 5 11

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of physicians 160 $54.23 $112,790 9 1
General medical and surgical hospitals 720 $49.70 $103,370 4 2
Other chemical product and preparation mfg. (6) $47.65 $99,120 (6) 3
Management and technical consulting services 190 $47.59 $98,980 8 4
Electronic instrument manufacturing 200 $45.79 $95,240 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 540 $46.47 $96,650 0.091% 15
Maryland 1,000 $45.87 $95,410 0.041% 17
Tennessee 620 $34.46 $71,670 0.024% 42
Virginia 770 $44.26 $92,060 0.023% 22
Colorado 330 $44.38 $92,320 0.016% 17

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 140 $68.05 $141,540 0.009% 8
Oregon 30 $54.49 $113,330 0.002% 9
Massachusetts 470 $51.62 $107,370 0.015% 18
District of Columbia 540 $46.47 $96,650 0.091% 15
Nevada (6) $46.44 $96,590 (6) 14

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 190 $47.40 $98,590 0.123%
Panama City, FL MSA 60 $41.09 $85,470 0.098%
Madison, WI MSA 270 $25.74 $53,530 0.096%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,880 $47.49 $98,770 0.070%
Las Cruces, NM MSA 40 $39.44 $82,030 0.070%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hartford, CT MSA (6) $84.53 $175,820 (6)
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 350 $55.31 $115,040 0.018%
San Jose, CA PMSA 80 $49.97 $103,940 0.009%
Syracuse, NY MSA (6) $49.47 $102,890 (6)
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 40 $49.13 $102,190 0.005%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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