Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

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)
14,810 9.3 % $51.17 $106,440 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.48 $38.48 $49.47 $62.97 $76.64
Annual Wage (2) $57,160 $80,040 $102,890 $130,980 $159,400


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 6,280 $53.29 $110,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 3,060 $51.93 $108,020
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,430 $40.15 $83,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 830 $68.94 $143,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 710 $45.14 $93,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 830 $68.94 $143,390
Offices of Physicians 240 $58.88 $122,460
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) $55.59 $115,630
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) $54.56 $113,480
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 $53.89 $112,080


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 450 $57.25 $119,080 0.071%
Illinois 3,050 $55.98 $116,430 0.052%
New Mexico 310 $56.65 $117,820 0.038%
Maryland 820 $54.35 $113,050 0.032%
Virginia 720 $50.01 $104,030 0.020%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Indiana 80 $66.22 $137,740 0.003%
Kentucky 30 $65.26 $135,740 0.002%
District of Columbia 450 $57.25 $119,080 0.071%
New Mexico 310 $56.65 $117,820 0.038%
Florida 300 $56.24 $116,970 0.004%


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 320 (8) (8) 0.195%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 500 $55.12 $114,640 0.088%
Las Cruces, NM 50 $46.88 $97,520 0.076%
Huntsville, AL 160 $47.69 $99,200 0.076%
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,670 $57.12 $118,810 0.070%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 30 $70.65 $146,960 0.003%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 $63.64 $132,380 0.010%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) $61.29 $127,480 (8)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 60 $57.72 $120,050 0.007%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 840 $57.66 $119,930 0.036%


About May 2008 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2008 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2009

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