Physicists in California
Want to work in California as a Physicist? Read this first!
You’re in luck! Jobs for Physicists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Physicists in California is growing faster than average.
Physicists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Physicists Work in California?
3,200 people worked as Physicists in 2018 in this state.
There were 2,920 Physicists employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 280 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 220 Physicists working in it, which means California has more Physicists than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Physicists in this state are growing at a rate of 16.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.5%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 300 annual Physicists job openings in California, and 3,500 total jobs in the year 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 1,700 annual jobs and 20,500 total jobs in 2026.
What do Physicists Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Physicists ranged from $59,600 to $169,060 with $112,980 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $28.65 to $81.28. The median hourly rate was $54.32.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $54.3 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $0.02.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Physicists
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Physicists.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||1,350||$125,180|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||500||$90,570|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||380||$112,730|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||220||$120,820|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||90||$62,550|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||60||$71,160|
Top States for Physicists Employment
View the list below to see where most Physicists work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||670||$146,890|
Below are the states where Physicists get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$146,890|
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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