Medical Physicist Salary

Medical Physicists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $129K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total incomes of Medical Physicists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $34K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $68K and $189K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Medical Physicists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$68,156 - $185,852
(Median)
$68K
$130K
$190K
MEDIAN: $128,694
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90%

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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
$68,156 - $185,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,234  
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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$67,622 - $189,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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 - $10,234  
   
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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$67,622 - $189,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Survey takers who work as Medical Physicists usually report a few specific skills. Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 12 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Medical Physicists. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $115K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $174K on average.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$129,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries


Medical Physics
up arrow 12%

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
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
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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