Health Physics Technician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Hospitals may use health physics technicians in order to reduce the radioactivity inflicted on patients. After the technician has received results, the results will be analyzed. Then a plan for radioactivity protection and procedures to minimize risk should be devised. A goal of a health physics technician is to minimize risk on people’s health. In some jobs, the health physics technician will develop a plan to decontaminate an area that has been exposed to radiation. The technician should make sure that all results and procedures line up with company policy and the law of the land. The technician may also help to establish or modify company policies whenever necessary.
Computer skills are necessary in order to be able to create reports from the data collected. Usually, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental health, physical sciences, engineering, or something related is needed. This job requires strong problem-solving skills in order to come up with solutions for decontamination or minimizing the risk of contamination. The duties involved may subject the technician to extreme weather or temperature conditions. Exposure to radiation is also a risk that comes with this position. Some positions will require experience in addition to educational requirements.
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.