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22.0% Jobs Projection
$126,740 Median Salary
140 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Physicists in New York is growing faster than average.

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

How Many Physicists Work in New York?

In New York, there were 950 people working as Physicists in the year 2018.

There were 990 Physicists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for New York

Jobs for Physicists in this state are growing at a rate of 22.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.5%.


New York Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 140 annual job openings, and 1,610 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 New York?

In 2018 wages for Physicists ranged from $57,870 to $208,000 with $126,740 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $27.82 to $100. The median hourly rate was $60.93.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $58.04 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $2.89.

The median salary in New York is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top New York Metros for Physicists

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 910 $133,520
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 $178,900
Rochester, NY 30 n/a

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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