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Life As a Physical Scientist

Physical Scientist Example All physical scientists not listed separately.

  • Wood Technologist
  • Inventor
  • Physical Scientist
  • Research Scientist

Physical Scientist Job Outlook

There were about 23,500 jobs for Physical Scientists in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,700 new jobs for Physical Scientists by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,000 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Physical Scientists in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Physical Scientists are California, Michigan, and Texas.

Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, West Virginia, or Tennessee. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Physical Scientist Make?

The salary for Physical Scientists ranges between about $51,730 and $164,210 a year. The median salary is $107,230.

Salary Ranges for Physical Scientists

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$134,100

Maryland

$130,450

New Mexico

$127,210

Alabama

$122,420

Virginia

$121,850

California

$117,830

Colorado

$116,530

South Carolina

$116,000

Pennsylvania

$115,050

Massachusetts

$111,910

Connecticut

$108,770

Washington

$108,430

Rhode Island

$108,290

Georgia

$106,560

New York

$103,970

West Virginia

$103,810

Ohio

$102,370

Texas

$101,320

Louisiana

$99,540

Illinois

$97,720

Kansas

$97,300

Hawaii

$97,080

New Jersey

$96,850

North Carolina

$96,450

Alaska

$95,380

Michigan

$94,810

Kentucky

$94,700

Missouri

$92,960

Tennessee

$90,800

New Hampshire

$89,600

Florida

$88,270

Arizona

$87,870

Mississippi

$87,010

Oklahoma

$83,960

Oregon

$82,560

Indiana

$81,740

Wisconsin

$78,180

Idaho

$64,900

Montana

$64,320

North Dakota

$47,990

Where Physical Scientists Work

Physical Scientist Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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