Median pay for Health Physics Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Health Physics Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,288 - $84,256
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$84K
MEDIAN: $65,218
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$19.87 - $40.20
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$20
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,288 - $84,256  
   
Bonus
$2,543  
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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$43,826 - $83,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $40.20  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,543  
   
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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$43,826 - $83,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $60K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $63K on average. On average, Health Physics Technicians make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Health Physics Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

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Experience Affects Health Physics Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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