Occupational Outlook + Average Salary
Employment for physicists and astronomers is expected to grow faster than the average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade. Review the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureu of Labor Statistics, a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.
According to the 2010-2011 salary survey by payscale.com, physicists command the 8th highest mid-career median salary of any college major, $99,600. The same survey found the median starting salary for physics majors to be $50,700.