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5.6% Jobs Projection
$146,890 Median Salary
60 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Physicists in District of Columbia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Physicists in District of Columbia is growing faster than average.

  • Physicists in District of Columbia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Physicists Work in District of Columbia?

There were approximately 670 workers employed as Physicists in this state in 2018.

There were 610 Physicists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Physicists in DC Employment Trend

The typical state has 220 Physicists working in it, which means District of Columbia has more Physicists than average.

Physicists in DC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for District of Columbia

Jobs for Physicists in this state are growing at a rate of 5.6% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.5%.

Job Projections for Physicists: Nation vs. DC

District of Columbia Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 60 annual Physicists job openings in District of Columbia, and 760 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 District of Columbia?

In 2018 wages for Physicists ranged from $104,750 to $188,800 with $146,890 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $50.36 to $90.77. The median hourly rate was $70.62.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $70.85 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.23.

The median salary in District of Columbia is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Physicists Earnings: DC vs. National Average

Top District of Columbia Metros for Physicists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Physicists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,810 $135,150

Top States for Physicists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Physicists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 3,200 $112,980
Maryland 1,950 $125,660
New Mexico 1,770 $148,620
Texas 1,000 $112,420
New York 950 $126,740
Colorado 930 $100,850
Illinois 810 $111,160
Virginia 750 $102,220
District of Columbia 670 $146,890
Michigan 510 $81,650
Washington 500 $103,900
Tennessee 440 $126,500
Ohio 440 $117,870
New Jersey 370 $119,930
Massachusetts 360 $145,570
North Carolina 330 $133,650
Pennsylvania 320 $132,410
Indiana 260 $0
Florida 240 $124,070
South Carolina 200 $104,700

Below are the states where Physicists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma $170,280
Wisconsin $154,070
New Mexico $148,620
District of Columbia $146,890
Massachusetts $145,570
Utah $138,100
North Carolina $133,650
Pennsylvania $132,410
Minnesota $128,110
Louisiana $127,630

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