Health Physics Technician Salary

Pay for Health Physics Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $30.32 per hour. Earnings sit near $17.75 per hour on the lower side but can approach $39.31 on the higher side. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Health Physics Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Health Physics Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,750 - $85,788
(Median)
$42K
$55K
$86K
MEDIAN: $54,666
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$17.75 - $39.31
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$18
$30
$39
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,750 - $85,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
Total Pay (?
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$39,938 - $87,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.75 - $39.31  
   
Overtime
$23.92 - $56.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,938 - $87,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Health Physics Technician

Health physics technicians evaluate areas to determine if radioactivity is present. This may be done to determine if areas are safe to carry out jobs. The technician will carry out surveys in order to determine the radioactivity of a certain place. The technician will also inspect tools that may create radioactivity.

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Health Physics Technician Tasks

  • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, and materials, using radiation detectors and other instruments.
  • Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
  • Collect samples of air, water, gases, and solids in order to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.
  • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations, and test detection equipment in order to ensure its accuracy.

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Pay by Experience Level for Health Physics Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Health Physics Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $52K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $57K on average. On average, Health Physics Technicians make $59K following one to two decades on the job. As Health Physics Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $75K.

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Experience Affects Health Physics Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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