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Medical Physicist Salary

Generous salaries abound for Medical Physicists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($128K) per year. Final cash compensation to Medical Physicists varies from around $68K to approximately $188K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $34K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Medical Physicists survey respondents are men (70 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$67,577 - $185,171
(Median)
$68K
$130K
$190K
MEDIAN: $127,596
10%
50%
90%

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$25.17 - $109.26
(Median)
$25
$54
$110
MEDIAN: $54.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$67,577 - $185,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $34,255  
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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$67,622 - $188,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.17 - $109.26  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $34,255  
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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$67,622 - $188,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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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Typical Medical Physicists report a focused set of job skills. Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $111K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $145K. Medical Physicists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $167K. Medical Physicists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $173K on average.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$129,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries


Medical Physics
up arrow 13%

National Average
$129,000

Nuclear Medicine
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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