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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Michigan

Each year, approximately 0.1% of Michigan graduates receive degrees in physics. Thus, Michigan's 29 physics schools put out approximately 356 physicists each year.

Top Schools

Michigan State University, which was ranked 16th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Michigan that has a physics program. It is located in East Lansing. In 2010, 111 students graduated from Michigan State University's physics program. The tuition rate at Michigan State University was $11,152 per year.

The second-ranked school in Michigan with a physics program is Kalamazoo College, which is located in Kalamazoo. In 2010, it was ranked 27th nationwide. In 2010, 9 students graduated from Kalamazoo College physics program. The tuition rate at Kalamazoo College was $34,417 per year.

The third-ranked school in Michigan that has a physics program is Michigan Technological University. Michigan Technological University, which was ranked 29th in the country in 2010, is located in Houghton. In 2010, Michigan Technological University graduated 25 students from its physics programs. Tuition at Michigan Technological University was $12,017 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Michigan's physics schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $14,423 per year, though tuition can range from $34,417 per year to $2,589 per year. In 2010, the following Michigan physics schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Kalamazoo College - located in Kalamazoo, students are charged $34,417 per year
  2. Albion College - located in Albion, students are charged $31,186 per year
  3. Kettering University - located in Flint, students are charged $29,206 per year

The physics schools in Michigan that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Kellogg Community College - located in Battle Creek, students are charged $2,589 per year
  2. Grand Rapids Community College - located in Grand Rapids, students are charged $2,628 per year
  3. Lake Michigan College - located in Benton Harbor, students are charged $3,270 per year

A physics degree from a Michigan school... what next?

The highest percentage of physics graduates in Michigan pursue careers as a physicist. 250 physicists were working in Michigan in 2010. In Michigan, the largest numbers of physicists work in the following counties:

  1. Washtenaw County - 90 physicists
  2. Clinton County - 80 physicists
  3. Wayne County - 30 physicists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of physicists is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 290 physicists working in the Michigan then.


On average, physicists earn $102,360 per year. But, salaries for physicists can vary. In 2010, physicists made as little as less than $43,940 per year or as much as more than $160,270 per year in Michigan. On average a physicist earns the most in the following Michigan counties:

  1. Wayne County - $99,790 per year
  2. Washtenaw County - $91,700 per year
  3. Clinton County - $85,890 per year

The following counties in Michigan have the lowest average salaries for physicists:

  1. Clinton County - $85,890 per year
  2. Washtenaw County - $91,700 per year
  3. Wayne County - $99,790 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Michigan statistics regarding a career in physics. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Physics in Michigan
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in Michigan
  • Master's Degree in Physics in Michigan
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in Michigan

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Physicists 250 $102,360 -3.8%

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