Medical Physicist Salary

Medical Physicists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $129K annually. Cash earnings for Medical Physicists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $34K from profit sharing — stretch from around $68K to approximately $189K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Medical Physicists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Medical Physicists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$68,283 - $185,779
(Median)
$68K
$130K
$190K
MEDIAN: $128,586
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$20.27 - $108.50
(Median)
$20
$48
$110
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$68,283 - $185,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,223  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $33,935  
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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$67,764 - $188,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $108.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $33,935  
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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$67,764 - $188,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

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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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Professional skills reported by Medical Physicists are few in number. Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Nuclear Medicine, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

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


Medical Physicists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $113K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $167K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $174K.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$129,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries


Medical Physics
up arrow 9%

National Average
$129,000

Nuclear Medicine
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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