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Salary of a Physicist

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Average Level I Physicist Salary. SalaryWizard. May 2006. "The median expected salary for a typical Physicist I in the United States is $47,714. This basic market pricing report was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals' analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies" $47,714
"Physicist." Occupational Outlook Handbook. NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group: 1998. "According to a 1997 National association of colleges … doctoral degree candidates was $34,700." $34,700
Milss, Michael, William J. Spano, Baby O. Jose, Beverly A. Kelly and James P. Brille. Preparing a cost analysis for the section of medical physics—guidelines and methods [pdf]. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. Vol. 1, No. 2: Spring 2000. "According to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Professional Information Survey Report, Calendar Year 1998,3 the average total income for a medical physicist in the United States was $99,000, while income at the 80th percentile was approximately 30% higher." $99,000
Albert Einstein. Encyclopedia Fun Trivia. 2006. "Einstein retained a faculty appointment at Princeton University. He was asked to name his salary. It ended up at $10,000 a year, but what had he requested?" $10,000
Chu, Raymond. Salary growth slows for industrial physicists. May 2006. "Overall, the typical salaries for industrial physicists, which represent the 25th and 75th percentiles of the wages reported, ranged from $85,000 to $127,000. The typical salary range covers the middle portion of earnings, that is, one-quarter of the salaries fall below and one-quarter are above this range. Physicists in industry who earned their Ph.D.'s within the past five years had typical salaries ranging from $72,000 to $95,000. This group of recent Ph.D.'s reported the same median salary, $82,000, as their counterparts did in 2002." $85,000 to $127,000

Physicists are scientists who specialize in physics. They can specialize in many different areas, such as astronomy, subatomic particles, magnetism, electricity, mechanics, optics, heat-transfer, or acoustics. Becoming a physicists generally requires a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., which means many years of college. Once finishing college though there is no guarantee of employment. Physicists are generally employed by universities as professors, lecturers, and researchers, and by laboratories in industry unless of course they are using their skills to become an engineer, economist, or financier.

The salary of a physicist ranges tremendously based upon schooling, and as all areas of life over time salary has increased due to inflation. Albert Einstein would probably be considered the most well known physicist of his time made $10,000. In fact Einstein did not even ask Princeton University for $10,000 he asked for about $7,500. Now though an average physicist makes about $47,714, which isn't terrible considering that an average American salary is $20,000-$30,000. Through schooling that salary of $47,414 has the potential to go to $99,000 or even $127,000, — that is of course with a Ph.D.

Jamin Bennett -- 2006