Medical Physicist Salary

Medical Physicists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $126K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Medical Physicists range from $68K on the low end to $192K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $20K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Medical Physicists are male. Medical Physicists largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,762 - $190,589
$68K
$130K
$190K
MEDIAN: $125,854
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$30.64 - $107.66
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MEDIAN: $72.10
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$0$192K
Salary $67,762 - $190,589
Bonus $0.00 - $14,740
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,574
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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$68,246 - $192,408
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 245
Hourly Data $0$107
Hourly Rate $30.64 - $107.66
Hourly Tips $0.25
Annual Data $0$192K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,740
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,574
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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$68,246 - $192,408
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Physicist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Physicist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 137 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Physicist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $151,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Medical Physicist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $162,000 based on 61 salaries. A Medical Physicist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $128,258

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Medical Physicists, Boston provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Medical Physicists will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 48 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Miami and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 26 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Medical Physicist

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

▲26%

▲18%

▲12%

National Average
$128,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Radiology
▲18%


National Average
$128,000


Nuclear Medicine
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 12%
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