Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
13,980 5.7 % $48.03 $99,900 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.94 $35.45 $46.56 $59.43 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $51,870 $73,730 $96,850 $123,610 (5)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,280 $49.33 $102,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,050 $50.36 $104,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,730 $35.40 $73,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 850 $64.28 $133,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 650 $45.18 $93,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 250 $65.34 $135,920
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 850 $64.28 $133,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 $60.78 $126,420
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) $54.21 $112,750
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) $52.45 $109,100

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 480 $54.14 $112,600 0.077%
New Mexico 370 $57.24 $119,050 0.046%
Maryland 860 $52.68 $109,580 0.034%
Illinois 1,870 $46.26 $96,230 0.032%
Colorado 570 $50.10 $104,200 0.025%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Indiana 130 $61.75 $128,430 0.004%
Oregon 80 $60.09 $124,980 0.005%
New Mexico 370 $57.24 $119,050 0.046%
Kentucky 40 $56.38 $117,270 0.002%
New York 860 $55.63 $115,710 0.010%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boulder, CO 340 $54.74 $113,860 0.212%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 510 $53.35 $110,970 0.090%
Madison, WI 290 $27.31 $56,810 0.087%
Las Cruces, NM 50 $45.84 $95,350 0.077%
Huntsville, AL 150 $48.91 $101,740 0.075%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Raleigh-Cary, NC (8) $79.00 $164,320 (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 40 $72.14 $150,060 0.004%
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 30 $70.34 $146,310 0.003%
Rochester, NY (8) $65.61 $136,460 (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) $64.65 $134,470 (8)

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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