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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Oregon

Each year, approximately 0.2% of Oregon graduates receive degrees in physics. That means an estimated 140 physicists graduate from Oregon's 11 physics schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Oregon that has a physics program is Reed College. Reed College, which was ranked 24th in the country in 2010, is located in Portland. 13 students graduated with a degree in physics from Reed College in 2010. Students at Reed College paid $41,200 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Oregon with a physics program is Lewis & Clark College, which is located in Portland. In 2010, it was ranked 27th nationwide. 8 students graduated with degree in physics from Lewis & Clark College in 2010. Lewis & Clark College charged in-state students $36,632 in tuition fees per year.

Willamette University, which is located in Salem, is the third-ranked school in Oregon that has a physics program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. 5 students graduated with degree in physics from Willamette University in 2010. The tuition rate at Willamette University was $37,361 per year.


Tuition at Oregon's physics schools ranges from $41,200 per year to $4,095 per year. But, the average tuition is $22,209 per year. In 2010, the physics schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Oregon were:

  1. Reed College - located in Portland, students are charged $41,200 per year
  2. Willamette University - located in Salem, students are charged $37,361 per year
  3. Lewis & Clark College - located in Portland, students are charged $36,632 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Oregon physics schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Treasure Valley Community College - located in Ontario, students are charged $4,095 per year
  2. Southern Oregon University - located in Ashland, students are charged $6,729 per year
  3. Oregon State University - located in Corvallis, students are charged $7,115 per year

A physics degree from an Oregon school... what next?

The highest percentage of physics graduates in Oregon pursue careers as a physicist. 110 physicists were working in Oregon in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Oregon physicists:

  1. Clackamas County

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of physicists in the state of Oregon will grow to 100. This would require a 15% growth in the profession.


On average, a physicist earns a salary of $103,290 per year in Oregon state. On average a physicist earns the most in the following Oregon counties:

  1. Clackamas County - $107,730 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in physics in Oregon and to compare salaries with various related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Physicists 110 $103,290

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