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Medical Physicist Salary

Average pay for Medical Physicists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($125K). In the world of Medical Physicists, overall income ranges from $66K near the bottom to $190K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $35K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Medical Physicists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$67,236 - $186,793
MEDIAN: $124,779

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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.
$67,236 - $186,793  
$0.00 - $17,259  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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).
$66,237 - $189,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 327
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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.


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 typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Medical Physics and Radiation Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

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. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $102K. On average, Medical Physicists make $166K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $176K.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Medical Physics
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


29 %
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%