Medical Physicist Salary

Compensation for Medical Physicists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($127K). Final cash compensation to Medical Physicists varies from around $66K to approximately $188K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $34K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Medical Physicists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Medical Physicists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,942 - $185,107
MEDIAN: $126,578

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$66,942 - $185,107  
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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).
$65,947 - $188,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333

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Job Description for Medical Physicist

Medical physicists work in radiation and oncology departments of medical facilities and perform administrative, clinical, and supervisory work. They also provide technical expertise regarding the physics of radiation-producing equipment, performance-testing and commissioning, and radiation safety and protection. There is much interaction with other areas of the medical center, and other medical centers entirely, with a full complement of physics equipment including beam scanners and IMRT validation instruments.


Medical Physicist Tasks

  • Direct testing and monitoring of radioactive equipment to protect the patient from excessive radiation exposure.
  • Collaborate with other scientists in the design, development, and testing of experimental, industrial, or medical equipment, instrumentation, and procedures.
  • Analyze data from research conducted to detect and measure physical phenomena.
  • Perform complex calculations as part of the analysis and evaluation of data, using computers.

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Medical Physicists only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Radiation Therapy, Medical Physics, and Nuclear Medicine can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Nuclear Medicine as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

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

Medical Physicists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $108K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $145K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Medical Physicists bring in $165K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $175K.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Medical Physics

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Nuclear Medicine
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.


28 %
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%