Salary Data for B.S. Physics Graduates

What starting salary can you expect?  The latest data compiled for the class of 2011 and 2012 has been released by AIP. You can read the full report.

According to AIP, “After receiving their degrees, 43% of physics bachelor’s either accepted employment, continued in positions they held while an undergraduate, or were seeking employment.”

Most of the other 57% of physics graduates attended graduate school or professional school.


AIP reports that “over half (61%) of new physics bachelor’s who entered the workforce accepted positions in the private sector.  The majority of these positions were in STEM fields and had a median starting salary of $51,000.”

The report also presents data on skills used in the workplace and job satisfaction.