How Much Do Physicists Make?


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Nationally, the median wage for physicists is $6,970 per month ($40.23 per hour). Half of all physicists earn between $5,430 and $8,690 per month ($31.35 and $50.14 per hour).

Most physicists can expect benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

In Minnesota, the median wage for physicists is $36.88 per hour, or $6,391 per month for a full-time worker. Half of all physicists earn between $31.78 and $49.10 per hour, or between $5,507 and $8,509 per month.

http://www.bls.gov/oes/2003/may/oes192012.htm

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OCCUPATION

HOURLY

YEARLY

1. Surgeons $65.89 $137,050
2. Obstetricians & Gynecologists $64.15 $133,430
3. Anesthesiologists $63.31 $131,680
4. Internists, general $61.03 $126,940
5. Pediatricians, general $56.03 $116,550
6. Psychiatrists $54.60 $113,570
7. Family & General Practitioners $52.89 $110,020
8. Dentists $53.28 $110,820
9. Chief Executives $51.77 $107,670
10. Airline Pilots, Copilots, & Flt. Engineers (N/A) $99,400
11. Podiatrists $45.43 $94.500
12. Lawyers $44.19 $91,920
13. Optometrists $42.35 $88,100
14. Computer & Information Systems Managers $40.33 $83,890

15. Physicists

$40.26

83,750

16. Air Traffic Controllers $40.07 $83,350
17. Petroleum Engineers $39.33 $81,800
18. Nuclear Engineers $38.56 80,200
19. Judges, Magistrate Judges, Magistrates $38.24 $79,540
20. Marketing Managers $37.70 $78,410

Source: 2001 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, conducted by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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