For several months we have been looking at the initial outcomes for new physics bachelor’s degree recipients. About half (49%) went to graduate school in physics or some other field; about half (47%) went to work. This month we will look at typical salaries earned by new physics bachelor’s degree recipients who accepted full-time employment offers.

Private sector STEM jobs, civilian government positions, and private sector non-STEM jobs that require employees to regularly solve technical problems had the highest typical salaries and the largest range for typical salaries.

For more information on initial outcomes of degree recipients, please visit Patrick Mulvey, Senior Survey Scientist, directs this study; he can be reached at Susan White is the Assistant Director of the Statistical Research Center at the American Institute of Physics; she can be reached at

Data resources are available at

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