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Physicist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Physicist"

How much does a Physicist in the federal government get paid? $134,381.73* *Based on the 2016 average.

Physicist was the 196th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 785 employed. The most common payscale was the scientific and engineering professional payscale.

In 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Physics, with an average salary of $129,905.

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 $134,381.73. The highest paid Physicist made $260,000 in 2016.

Common Physicist Payscales

Payscale Number of Physics Employees
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 403
GS - General Schedule 204
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 63
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 27
ST - Scientific And Professional 25
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 20
ES - Senior Executive Service 11
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 8
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 8
SL - Senior Level Positions 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 2
EG - Consultant (other) 2
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EE - Expert (other) 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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
Agricultural MarketingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
IntelligenceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Information ReceptionistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Industrial Engineering TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
HydrologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Physics Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Physicist was $106,916. Since then, the average pay has increased to $149,478 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1310.

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Source: www.federalpay.org/employees/occupations/physics/2016