Medical Physicists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $129K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Medical Physicists range from $64K on the low end to $183K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $20K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Medical Physicists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Medical Physicists (66 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,448 - $181,603
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$64K
$130K
$180K
MEDIAN: $128,589
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$29.59 - $108.88
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$30
$60
$110
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$64,448 - $181,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
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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$64,270 - $183,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.59 - $108.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$125.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
   
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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$64,270 - $183,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $113K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $150K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $161K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $148K.

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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$130,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Radiology
up arrow 15%


National Average
$130,000

Medical Physics
up arrow 3%

Nuclear Medicine
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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