Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Theoretical Physicist make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

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$136,651 / yrTotal Pay
$104,689 / yrBase Pay
$31,962 / yrAdditional Pay

$136,651

 / yr
$79K$239K
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The estimated total pay for a Theoretical Physicist is $136,651 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $104,689 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $31,962 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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$111,031

 / yr

$125,364

 / yr

$96,605

 / yr

$142,350

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Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.

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Submitted

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Physicist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$90,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
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Physical Scientist

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$93,000

/yr

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Physicist

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 | 4-6 years

$90,000

/yr

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4-6 years
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Physicist

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$124,150

/yr

$123K | $1K

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Research Physicist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$186,000

/yr

$178K | $8K

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Physicist

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$87,200

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Research Physical Scientist

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$127,000

/yr

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United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$36,000

/yr

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4-6 years
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United States of America

 | 15+ years

$215,000

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Theoretical Physicist pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Theoretical Physicist is $104,689 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Theoretical Physicist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 5 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Theoretical Physicist employees.

The highest salary for a Theoretical Physicist in United States is $180,445 per year.

The lowest salary for a Theoretical Physicist in United States is $60,737 per year.

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