Starting Salaries in Physics

Physics Majors Pull In High Starting Salaries

Students with a bachelor’s degree in physics make a good living!

Physics graduates receive some of the top starting salaries after graduating from college. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers of starting salaries offered by campus recruiters shows that students graduating with a bachelors in physics can make up to $64,000 per year when starting right out of school. More commonly, the survey found that physics graduates can expect a starting salary between $46,000 and $58,000 per year.

This generally exceeds the starting salaries of graduates in most other science fields. The mean starting salary for a physicist is higher that of graduates who majored in chemistry, psychology or biology. Graduates with physics degrees also tend to outpace other fields outside of the sciences, including those graduating with degrees in marketing, accounting and even finance.
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A larger version of this graph is available at the AIP website. Find more statistical data about physics graduates on the  website of the American Physical Society.