So I was looking through salary.com statistics and various news articles such as this one http://content.salary.monster.com/articles/salary/highestpay/ and found that physicist salaries far surpass my expectations, since many people claim that physicists, and scientist in general, do not make much money. However, these stats claim otherwise. Look at the stats for a full professor of physics in southfield, MI on salary.com. Requires a PhD and 8-10 years experience. http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/...1&yearsofexp=&geo=Detroit,+MI&narrowcode=ED01 That base salary is incredible. The 75th percentile salary for a full professor is $191,506. This has to be wrong....that's amazing. With benefits added in that's well into the 230,000 range. These salaries must also factor in grant money earned by physicists, since they are usually able to keep a percentage of their grant funding. Still, that figure seems wrong. Look at the average physicist salary in general (not necessarily for physicists in academia...). Here's the radiation physicist salary... http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/...2&yearsofexp=&geo=Detroit,+MI&narrowcode=HC03 it says it may require an advanced degree and 5 years experience in the field. Here's a level V physicist salary.... http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/...2&yearsofexp=&geo=Detroit,+MI&narrowcode=RD05 it says it requires a graduate degree and 8-10 years experience in the field. So are these numbers bogus, or they realistic? You get similarly shocking results if you enter, say, Ann Arbor's zip code (UM ann arbor).