Medical Physicist Salary (United States)

Medical Physicists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($122,390) annually in the United States. Pay generally spreads from $63,616 to $188,107 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $12,000 from bonuses and close to $35K from profit sharing—generally runs from $67,743 to $185,615. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most Medical Physicists are men (71 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Medical Physicist Salary (?
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$67,743 - $185,615
MEDIAN: $122,058
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National Salary Data

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$67,743 - $185,615  
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Profit Sharing
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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).
$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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Medical Physicists, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Those just starting out earn a more-than-comfortable six-figure sum, bringing in $102K annually. Salary comes to $162K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Medical Physicists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $177K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Medical Physicists, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Medical Physicists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 52 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

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