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Want to work in Illinois as a Physicist? Read this first!

1.4% Jobs Projection
$111,160 Median Salary
60 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Physicists in Illinois is growing slower than average.

  • Physicists in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Physicists Work in Illinois?

In 2018, there were 810 Physicists working in the state.

There were 930 Physicists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 120 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Physicists in IL Employment Trend

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

Physicists in IL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Physicists in this state are growing at a rate of 1.4% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.5%.

Job Projections for Physicists: Nation vs. IL

Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 60 annual job openings, and 720 total jobs in 2026 for Physicists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 1,700 annual jobs and 20,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Physicists Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Physicists ranged from $57,900 to $166,310 with $111,160 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $27.84 to $79.96. The median hourly rate was $53.44.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $54.45 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $1.01.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Physicists Earnings: IL vs. National Average

Top Illinois Metros for Physicists

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 680 $115,040
Champaign-Urbana, IL 80 $58,750
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 $100,480

Top States for Physicists Employment

View the list below to see 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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