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Medical Physicist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Medical Physicists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($122K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Medical Physicists stretch from $64K on the lower end to $188K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $35K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Making up 71 percent of the field, male Medical Physicists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Medical Physicists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Medical Physicist Salary (?
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$67,743 - $185,615
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National Salary Data

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$67,743 - $185,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $34,521  
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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$63,616 - $188,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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. Most notably, facility with Medical Physics and Radiation Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $102K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $138K. On average, Medical Physicists make $163K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $176K on average. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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$122,000
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Medical Physicists will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Medical Physicists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$122,000
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Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Medical Physics
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National Average
$122,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%