Physicist salary in the United States

Average salary
Based on 847 income tax records
Average salary by age
How much do Physicists make?
The average total salary for a Physicist is $115,500 per year. This is based on data from 847 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Physicist and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Physicist salary can vary between $45,500 to $246,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Physicist salary by company

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Salary range**
Triad National Security, Los Alamos County, NM
14 income tax records
$77K – $195K
Brookhaven National Laboratory B, Suffolk County, NY
10 income tax records
$70K – $216K
Lawrence Livermore National Secu, Alameda County, CA
28 income tax records
$91K – $241K
Ntess, Bernalillo County, NM
10 income tax records
$88K – $174K
Jhu Applied Physics Laboratory, Howard County, MD
11 income tax records
$86K – $180K
National Finance Center, Boulder County, CO
13 income tax records
$65K – $176K
US Department Of Defense, Bernalillo County, NM
16 income tax records
$56K – $127K

Physicist demographics in United States

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33% are single
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67% are married
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41% have kids
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61% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Physicists in United States

847 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a physicist in the United States is $115,500 per year. Physicist salaries in the United States can vary between $45,500 to $246,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 847 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as physicist.

The following companies offer the highest salaries for physicists in the United States: Triad National Security ($161,000 a year), Brookhaven National Laboratory B ($153,500 a year), and Lawrence Livermore National Secu ($152,500 a year).

The following cities offer the highest salaries for physicists in the United States: Houston Metro Area, TX ($166,500 a year), Philadelphia Metro Area, PA ($166,000 a year), and San Francisco Metro Area, CA ($152,500 a year).
Total salary amounts here include total taxable wages, tips, prizes and other compensation. Salaries here are not representative of the total population and may reflect different levels of experience or education. Learn more
Total salary ranges shown here exclude outliers.