Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
13,630 7.8 % $53.49 $111,250 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.02 $38.33 $51.15 $66.62 $79.69
Annual Wage (2) $56,210 $79,740 $106,390 $138,560 $165,750


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 5,180 $55.71 $115,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,120 $54.08 $112,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,650 $39.80 $82,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 800 $71.34 $148,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 550 $50.81 $105,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 300 $71.61 $148,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 800 $71.34 $148,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 90 $62.70 $130,420
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 40 $61.86 $128,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,180 $55.71 $115,880


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 Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 500 $58.90 $122,500 0.778
Illinois 2,260 $60.59 $126,020 0.396
Maryland 920 $56.10 $116,680 0.369
New Mexico 290 (8) (8) 0.363
Virginia 810 $52.70 $109,620 0.227

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kentucky 30 $67.22 $139,810 0.018
Florida 270 $65.57 $136,380 0.037
Indiana 90 $65.48 $136,200 0.031
Minnesota 100 $62.90 $130,840 0.040
Illinois 2,260 $60.59 $126,020 0.396


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 Employment per thousand workers
College Station-Bryan, TX 240 $24.66 $51,300 2.606
Boulder, CO 330 (8) (8) 2.118
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 550 $57.52 $119,650 0.982
Huntsville, AL 140 $50.87 $105,800 0.682
Las Cruces, NM 40 $49.81 $103,610 0.571

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 $71.32 $148,350 0.090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 140 $63.57 $132,220 0.054
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 $62.13 $129,220 0.037
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) $61.61 $128,160 (8)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 $60.18 $125,180 0.066


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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