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What Do Physical Scientist Do?

Career Description All physical scientists not listed separately.

Types of Physical Scientist

  • Inventor
  • Wood Technologist
  • Physical Scientist
  • Research Scientist

Is There Job Demand for Physical Scientists?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 23,500 jobs in the United States for Physical Scientist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Physical Scientist by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,000 yearly job openings in this field.

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

The states with the most job growth for Physical Scientist are Nevada, Nebraska, and New Mexico. 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.

Salary Ranges for Physical Scientists

Physical Scientists who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or New Mexico, make the highest salaries.

How much do Physical Scientists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $122,420
Alaska $95,380
Arizona $87,870
California $117,830
Colorado $116,530
Connecticut $108,770
District of Columbia $134,100
Florida $88,270
Georgia $106,560
Hawaii $97,080
Idaho $64,900
Illinois $97,720
Indiana $81,740
Kansas $97,300
Kentucky $94,700
Louisiana $99,540
Maryland $130,450
Massachusetts $111,910
Michigan $94,810
Mississippi $87,010
Missouri $92,960
Montana $64,320
New Hampshire $89,600
New Jersey $96,850
New Mexico $127,210
New York $103,970
North Carolina $96,450
North Dakota $47,990
Ohio $102,370
Oklahoma $83,960
Oregon $82,560
Pennsylvania $115,050
Rhode Island $108,290
South Carolina $116,000
Tennessee $90,800
Texas $101,320
Virginia $121,850
Washington $108,430
West Virginia $103,810
Wisconsin $78,180

Where Physical Scientists Are Employed

Physical Scientist Sectors

The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

Physical Scientist Industries


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