Physicist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Physicist"

How much does a Physicist in the federal government get paid? $125,481.24* *Based on the 2009 average.

Physicist was the 185th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 807 employed. The most common payscale was the scientific and engineering professional payscale.

In 2009, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Physics, with an average salary of $119,887.

Government Physics jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Physics job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Physicist

Physicist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Physicist is $125,481.24. The highest paid Physicist made $250,000 in 2009.

Common Physicist Payscales

Payscale Number of Physics Employees
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 373
GS - General Schedule 243
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 111
ST - Scientific And Professional 18
ES - Senior Executive Service 13
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 11
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
EG - Consultant (other) 8
SL - Senior Level Positions 8
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 5
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 3
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
EE - Expert (other) 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 1300 PHYSICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Physics jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Industrial SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Social Services Aid and AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Telecommunications ProcessingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Engineering and ArchitectureProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Hydrologic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Physics Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Physicist was $106,916. Since then, the average pay has increased to $136,591 in 2017.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1310.

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