Physics Schools In California

California has 104 accredited physics schools where physics faculty who teach physics classes can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of physics and physics training in California, which includes physics training at the following levels:

  • Physics Certificate
  • Associates degree in Physics
  • Bachelors degree in Physics
  • Masters degree in Physics
  • PhD degree in Physics


Schools

  1. Allan Hancock College

    800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454-6399

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  2. Bakersfield College

    1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, California 93305-1299

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  3. Butte College

    3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, California 95965-8399

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  4. Cabrillo College

    6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, California 95003

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  5. California Institute of Technology

    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, California 91125

    5 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  6. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California 93407

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  7. California State University-Bakersfield

    9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93311-1099

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  8. California State University-Stanislaus

    One University Circle, Turlock, California 95382-0299

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  9. California State University-San Bernardino

    5500 University Pky, San Bernardino, California 92407-2397

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  10. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

    3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, California 91768

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  11. California State University-Chico

    First and Normal Sts, Chico, California 95929-0150

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  12. California State University-Dominguez Hills

    1000 E Victoria St, Carson, California 90747-0005

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  13. California State University-Fresno

    5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, California 93740

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  14. California State University-Fullerton

    800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, California 92831-3599

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  15. California State University-East Bay

    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, California 94542

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  16. California State University-Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, California 90840-0115

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  17. California State University-Los Angeles

    5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, California 90032

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  18. California State University-Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, California 91330

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  19. California State University-Sacramento

    6000 J St, Sacramento, California 95819-2694

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  20. University of California-Berkeley

    Berkeley, California 94720

    21 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  21. University of California-Davis

    One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616-8678

    38 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  22. University of California-Irvine

    Irvine, California 92697

    45 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  23. University of California-Los Angeles

    405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, California 90095-1405

    25 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  24. University of California-Riverside

    900 University Ave, Riverside, California 92521

    97 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  25. University of California-San Diego

    9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

    37 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  26. University of California-San Francisco

    500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, California 94143-0244

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  27. University of California-Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, California 93106

    42 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  28. University of California-Santa Cruz

    1156 High St, Santa Cruz, California 95064-1011

    75 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  29. Canada College

    4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, California 94061-1099

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  30. Cerritos College

    11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, California 90650-6298

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  31. Chaffey College

    5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002

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  32. Claremont McKenna College

    500 E 9th St, Claremont, California 91711-6400

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  33. Contra Costa College

    2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, California 94806-3195

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  34. Cosumnes River College

    8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, California 95823-5799

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  35. Crafton Hills College

    11711 Sand Canyon Road, Yucaipa, California 92399-1799

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  36. Cuesta College

    Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, California 93403-8106

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  37. Cuyamaca College

    900 Rancho San Diego Pky, El Cajon, California 92019

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  38. College of the Desert

    43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260

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  39. El Camino Community College District

    16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, California 90506

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  40. Foothill College

    12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022

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  41. Fresno Pacific University

    1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, California 93702-4709

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  42. Fullerton College

    321 E Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832-2095

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  43. Golden West College

    15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, California 92647-2710

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  44. Grossmont College

    8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, California 92020-1799

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  45. Hartnell College

    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, California 93901

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  46. Harvey Mudd College

    301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, California 91711

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  47. Humboldt State University

    1 Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299

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  48. University of La Verne

    1950 Third St, La Verne, California 91750-4401

    152 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  49. La Sierra University

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, California 92515-8247

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  50. Los Angeles Harbor College

    1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, California 90744-2397

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  51. Los Angeles Southwest College

    1600 W Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, California 90047-4899

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  52. Los Angeles Valley College

    5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, California 91401-4096

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  53. Los Angeles City College

    855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90029

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  54. Loyola Marymount University

    One Lmu Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045-2659

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  55. College of Marin

    835 College Ave, Kentfield, California 94904-2590

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  56. Merced College

    3600 M St, Merced, California 95348-2898

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  57. MiraCosta College

    One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-3899

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  58. Monterey Peninsula College

    980 Fremont St, Monterey, California 93940-4799

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  59. Moorpark College

    7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, California 93021-1695

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  60. Naval Postgraduate School

    1 University Circle, Monterey, California 93943

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  61. Occidental College

    1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, California 90041-3392

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  62. Ohlone Community College

    43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, California 94539-0390

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  63. Orange Coast College

    2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, California 92626

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  64. Pacific Union College

    One Angwin Ave, Angwin, California 94508-9707

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  65. University of the Pacific

    3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95211-0197

    101 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  66. Pepperdine University

    24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90263

    55 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  67. Pitzer College

    1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-6101

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  68. Point Loma Nazarene University

    3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, California 92106-2899

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  69. Pomona College

    550 N College Ave, Claremont, California 91711-6319

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  70. Santa Ana College

    1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, California 92706-3398

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  71. University of Redlands

    1200 E. Colton Ave, Redlands, California 92373-0999

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  72. Saddleback College

    28000 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, California 92692-3635

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  73. San Diego City College

    1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, California 92101-4787

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  74. San Diego Mesa College

    7250 Mesa College Dr, San Diego, California 92111-4998

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  75. San Diego Miramar College

    10440 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, California 92126-2999

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  76. San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, California 92182

    164 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  77. University of San Diego

    5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110-2492

    97 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  78. San Francisco State University

    1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132

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  79. University of San Francisco

    2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, California 94117-1080

    119 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  80. San Jose State University

    1 Washington Sq, San Jose, California 95192-0001

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  81. College of San Mateo

    1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, California 94402-3784

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  82. Santa Barbara City College

    721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93109-2394

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  83. Santa Clara University

    500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053

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  84. Santa Rosa Junior College

    1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395

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  85. Scripps College

    1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-3905

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  86. College of the Sequoias

    915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, California 93277-2214

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  87. Sierra College

    5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, California 95677-3397

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  88. College of the Siskiyous

    800 College Ave, Weed, California 96094-2899

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  89. San Bernardino Valley College

    701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92410-2798

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  90. Saint Marys College of California

    1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga, California 94556

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  91. Solano Community College

    4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, California 94534-3197

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  92. Sonoma State University

    1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609

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  93. Southwestern College in Chula Vista

    900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, California 91910-7299

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  94. University of Southern California

    University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

    23 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  95. West Los Angeles College

    9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California 90230-3519

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  96. West Valley College

    14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, California 95070-5698

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  97. Westmont College

    955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, California 93108-1089

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  98. Whittier College

    13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, California 90601

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  99. Stanford University

    Stanford, California 94305

    5 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  100. Las Positas College

    3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, California 94551-7650

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  101. California State University-San Marcos

    333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, California 92096-0001

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  102. Santiago Canyon College

    8045 E Chapman, Orange, California 92869-4512

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  103. Folsom Lake College

    10 College Parkway, Folsom, California 95630

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  104. University of California-Merced

    5200 North Lake Road, Merced, California 95343-5603

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Cities

  1. Physics Schools in Los Angeles, CA7 Schools
  2. Physics Schools in San Diego, CA6 Schools
  3. Physics Schools in Claremont, CA5 Schools
  4. Physics Schools in San Francisco, CA3 Schools
  5. Physics Schools in Santa Barbara, CA3 Schools
  6. Physics Schools in San Bernardino, CA2 Schools
  7. Physics Schools in Riverside, CA2 Schools
  8. Physics Schools in Monterey, CA2 Schools
  9. Physics Schools in Sacramento, CA2 Schools
  10. Physics Schools in Merced, CA2 Schools
  11. Physics Schools in Fullerton, CA2 Schools
  12. Physics Schools in El Cajon, CA2 Schools
  13. Physics Schools in Bakersfield, CA2 Schools
  14. Physics Schools in San Luis Obispo, CA2 Schools
  15. Physics Schools in Fresno, CA2 Schools
  16. Physics Schools in Norwalk, CA1 Schools
  17. Physics Schools in Salinas, CA1 Schools
  18. Physics Schools in Aptos, CA1 Schools
  19. Physics Schools in Los Altos Hills, CA1 Schools
  20. Physics Schools in Carson, CA1 Schools
  21. Physics Schools in Santa Clara, CA1 Schools
  22. Physics Schools in Long Beach, CA1 Schools
  23. Physics Schools in Irvine, CA1 Schools
  24. Physics Schools in Redwood City, CA1 Schools
  25. Physics Schools in Santa Cruz, CA1 Schools
  26. Physics Schools in Pasadena, CA1 Schools
  27. Physics Schools in Huntington Beach, CA1 Schools
  28. Physics Schools in Saratoga, CA1 Schools
  29. Physics Schools in Costa Mesa, CA1 Schools
  30. Physics Schools in San Jose, CA1 Schools
  31. Physics Schools in Rancho Cucamonga, CA1 Schools
  32. Physics Schools in Mission Viejo, CA1 Schools
  33. Physics Schools in Stanford, CA1 Schools
  34. Physics Schools in Stockton, CA1 Schools
  35. Physics Schools in La Verne, CA1 Schools
  36. Physics Schools in Santa Ana, CA1 Schools
  37. Physics Schools in San Mateo, CA1 Schools
  38. Physics Schools in Pomona, CA1 Schools
  39. Physics Schools in Angwin, CA1 Schools
  40. Physics Schools in Turlock, CA1 Schools
  41. Physics Schools in Chula Vista, CA1 Schools
  42. Physics Schools in Orange, CA1 Schools
  43. Physics Schools in Fairfield, CA1 Schools
  44. Physics Schools in Santa Rosa, CA1 Schools
  45. Physics Schools in Moorpark, CA1 Schools
  46. Physics Schools in Fremont, CA1 Schools
  47. Physics Schools in Arcata, CA1 Schools
  48. Physics Schools in Oceanside, CA1 Schools
  49. Physics Schools in Hayward, CA1 Schools
  50. Physics Schools in Davis, CA1 Schools
  51. Physics Schools in San Marcos, CA1 Schools
  52. Physics Schools in Visalia, CA1 Schools
  53. Physics Schools in Livermore, CA1 Schools
  54. Physics Schools in Folsom, CA1 Schools
  55. Physics Schools in Culver City, CA1 Schools
  56. Physics Schools in Moraga, CA1 Schools
  57. Physics Schools in Rocklin, CA1 Schools
  58. Physics Schools in Malibu, CA1 Schools
  59. Physics Schools in Palm Desert, CA1 Schools
  60. Physics Schools in Berkeley, CA1 Schools
  61. Physics Schools in Chico, CA1 Schools
  62. Physics Schools in Torrance, CA1 Schools
  63. Physics Schools in Redlands, CA1 Schools
  64. Physics Schools in Santa Maria, CA1 Schools
  65. Physics Schools in San Pablo, CA1 Schools
  66. Physics Schools in Oroville, CA1 Schools
  67. Physics Schools in Whittier, CA1 Schools
  68. Physics Schools in Yucaipa, CA1 Schools
  69. Physics Schools in Rohnert Park, CA1 Schools
  70. Physics Schools in Weed, CA1 Schools

Statistics

Professional Trends

California Vs. National Physics Employment

California 2,890
National 16,860

Of all of the physics professionals that work in the US, approximately 18% work in California state.

Employment Growth for Physics professionals In California

1,800 1,700 2,010 1,880 2,890
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of physics professionals is growing in California. In 2010 there were 1,090 more physics professionals working in California than there were in 2006. Thus, in California, this field has grown by 61% in four years. This growth is faster than the change in the number of physics professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of physics professionals has grown by 9% from 2006 to 2010.

Physics VS. All Professions salaries in California

$95,770 $95,640 $100,020 $106,340 $103,620
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Physics
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by physics professionals is increasing in California. The mean salary for physics professionals in 2006 was $95,770 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $103,620 per year.

Salary percentiles for Physics professionals in California

10th percentile
$55,630
25th percentile
$77,430
50th percentile
$102,160
75th percentile
$129,710
90th percentile
$155,700

This represents a growth in salaries of 8%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. Within the field of physics, there is a huge variation in pay, with the highest paid physics professionals earning 180% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket in California state.

Average Salaries for Physics professionals and related professions in California

Biochemistry
$79,923
Biology
$70,178
Chemistry
$56,055
Electrical Engineering
$80,545
Math
$96,792
Mechanical Engineering
$73,988
Physics
$103,620

In California, physics professionals earn, on average, more than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Physics programs available for each degree type for all schools in California

associate
49
bachelor
79
master
34
doctor
29
Certificate
45
Total236

As the number of physics professionals is increasing in California state, the number of students graduating from the 104 accredited physics schools in California state is also increasing. In 2006 there were 1,255 physics graduates from physics courses in California and in 2010 there were 1,343 graduates.

Thus there was a 7% percent increase in the number of physics school degree or certificate graduates in California. Most of these graduates, or 33%, earned a bachelor's degree in physics.

Physics Faculty Salaries in California

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