Medical Physicist Salary (United States)

Bountiful salaries abound for Medical Physicists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($122,390) per year. The range in pay spans from $63,616 to $188,107 per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Medical Physicists. The majority of Medical Physicists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Medical Physicists who took the survey. 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

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For Medical Physicists, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Those just starting out earn a more-than-comfortable six-figure sum, bringing in $102K annually. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $162K. Medical Physicists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $177K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth 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 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 17 percent below the national average.

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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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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

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