Physics Schools In Colorado

Colorado has 11 accredited physics schools where physics faculty who teach physics classes can find employment. The trends in Colorado's physics academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in physics includes physics training at the following levels:

  • Bachelors degree in Physics
  • Masters degree in Physics
  • PhD degree in Physics


  1. University of Colorado Denver

    Denver, Colorado 80217-3364

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. University of Colorado Boulder

    Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0017

    94 U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Colorado College

    14. E Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Colorado School of Mines

    1500 Illinois St, Golden, Colorado 80401

    75 U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. Colorado State University

    102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100

    128 U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. University of Denver

    2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80208

    82 U.S. News National University Ranking
  8. Fort Lewis College

    1000 Rim Drive, Durango, Colorado 81301-3999

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  9. Metropolitan State College of Denver

    Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  10. University of Northern Colorado

    Carter Hall - Rm 4000, Greeley, Colorado 80639

    n/a U.S. News National University Ranking
  11. United States Air Force Academy

    USAFA, Colorado 80840-5002

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Colorado Vs. National Physics Employment

Colorado 500
National 16,860

Approximately 3% of the country's physics professionals work in Colorado state.

Employment Growth for Physics professionals In Colorado

830 570 460 480 500
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Colorado, the field of physics is shrinking. In Colorado, 330 less physics professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, in Colorado, this field has shrunk by 40% in four years. This is faster than the trend for physics professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of physics professionals has grown by 9% between 2006 and 2010.

Physics VS. All Professions salaries in Colorado

$86,760 $104,200 $108,180 $110,900 $111,250
$46,058 $47,685 $48,234 $49,831 $51,291
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Physics
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

In Colorado, as the number of physics professionals is declining, the salaries earned by physics professionals are increasing. In 2006 physics professionals made a mean salary of $86,760 per year, and in 2010 they made $111,250 per year.

Salary percentiles for Physics professionals in Colorado

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This represents a growth in salaries of 22%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. In Colorado state, within the field of physics, there is a huge variation in pay. The highest paid physics professionals earn 144% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket.

Average Salaries for Physics professionals and related professions in Colorado

Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Physics professionals in Colorado earn, on average, more than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

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


As the number of physics professionals is decreasing in Colorado state, the number of students graduating from the 11 accredited physics schools in Colorado state is increasing. In 2006 there were 269 physics graduates from physics courses in Colorado and in 2010 there were 274 graduates.

This represents a 2% increase in the number of physics degree or certificate school graduates in Colorado state. Most of these graduates, or 44%, earned a bachelor's degree in physics.

Physics Faculty Salaries in Colorado

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