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How much does a Physicist make?

Updated Sep 24, 2021

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$113,633 /yr
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492 salaries

$71K

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$114K

Average

$182K

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The national average salary for Physicist is $113,633 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Physicist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 492 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Physicist employees.

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$67,788

per year

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Engineering Physicist

$115,448

per year

Research Physicist

$106,473

per year

Research Scientist

$97,428

per year

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Brookhaven National Laboratory
4.1

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physicist

$158,265

 /yr
Range: $125K - $193K
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$125K

$193K

$125,020 - $193,108 Range

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
4.6

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Physicist

$170,902

 /yr
Range: $136K - $234K

$136K

$234K

$135,810 - $234,460 Range

University of Chicago
4.2

University of Chicago

Physicist

$115,890

 /yr
Range: $111K - $122K

$111K

$122K

$110,915 - $122,272 Range

Argonne National Laboratory
4.4

Argonne National Laboratory

Physicist

$154,365

 /yr
Range: $118K - $177K

$118K

$177K

$117,805 - $177,236 Range

National Institute of Standards and Technology
4.5

$72K

$161K

$72,000 - $160,524 Range

University of Maryland
4.3

University of Maryland

Physicist

$66,732

 /yr
Range: $52K - $102K

$52K

$102K

$52,048 - $102,434 Range

Michigan State University
4.3

Michigan State University

Physicist

$82,281

 /yr
Range: $77K - $96K

$77K

$96K

$77,397 - $95,919 Range

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
3.3

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Physicist

$88,796

 /yr
Range: $72K - $181K

$72K

$181K

$72,135 - $180,696 Range

Schlumberger
3.8

Schlumberger

Physicist

$122,771

 /yr
Range: $113K - $173K

$113K

$173K

$112,963 - $173,372 Range

Los Alamos National Laboratory
4.1

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Physicist

$91,158

 /yr
Range: $78K - $137K

$78K

$137K

$77,673 - $136,675 Range

US Air Force
4.2

US Air Force

Physicist

$78,430

 /yr
Range: $43K - $166K

$43K

$166K

$43,207 - $165,966 Range

Northrop Grumman
4

Northrop Grumman

Physicist

$108,326

 /yr
Range: $88K - $145K

$88K

$145K

$88,029 - $144,656 Range

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
4.2

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Physicist - Monthly

$11,631

 /mo
Range: $9K - $14K

$9K

$14K

$9,105 - $13,779 Range

NAWC
3.6

NAWC

Physicist

$71,332

 /yr
Range: $60K - $107K

$60K

$107K

$59,783 - $107,472 Range

International Education Services
2.7

International Education Services

Physicist

$62,873

 /yr
Range: $53K - $91K

$53K

$91K

$52,798 - $90,704 Range

Rush University Medical Center
4

Rush University Medical Center

Physicist

$132,995

 /yr
Range: $118K - $154K

$118K

$154K

$118,494 - $154,080 Range

US Navy
3.8

US Navy

Physicist

$109,694

 /yr
Range: $64K - $142K

$64K

$142K

$63,767 - $141,509 Range

Kotura
2

Kotura

Physicist

$119,783

 /yr
Range: $119K - $121K

$119K

$121K

$118,543 - $121,023 Range

ColdQuanta
4.2

ColdQuanta

Physicist

$135,000

 /yr
Range: $108K - $151K

$108K

$151K

$108,000 - $151,447 Range

AOSense
4.8

AOSense

Physicist

$153,159

 /yr
Range: $123K - $195K

$123K

$195K

$123,263 - $195,172 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Physicist salaries

The national average salary for a Physicist is $113,633 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Physicist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 492 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Physicist employees.

The highest salary for a Physicist in United States is $181,646 per year.

The lowest salary for a Physicist in United States is $71,085 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent physicist salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$105,000
per year
A Research Physicist in the Baltimore, MD Area area reported making $105,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Baltimore, MD Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$100,000
per year
A Physicist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $100,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$86,000
per year
A Physicist in the Colorado Springs, CO Area area reported making $86,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Colorado Springs, CO Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$85,000
per year
A Physical Scientist in the Chicago, IL Area area reported making $85,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Chicago, IL Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$75,380
per year
A Physical Scientist in the Norfolk, VA Area area reported making $75,380 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Norfolk, VA Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$130,000
per year
An Imaging Physicist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $130,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$7,991
monthly
A Physicist in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $7,991 per month
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Part-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$72,000
per year
A Physicist in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $72,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$70,000
per year
A Physicist in the Huntsville, AL Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
Huntsville, AL Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Contract