Medical Physicist Salary

Medical Physicists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $125K annually. Overall cash earnings for Medical Physicists stretch from $68K on the lower end to $192K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical Physicists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$78,135 - $196,277
$78K
$130K
$200K
MEDIAN: $130,173
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$48.83 - $98.26
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$0$199K
Salary $78,135 - $196,277
Bonus $0.00 - $15,319
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,866
Total Pay (?
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$80,057 - $199,718
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 243
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $75.00
Annual Data $0$199K
Bonus $0.00 - $15,319
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,866
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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$80,057 - $199,718
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Physicist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Physicist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Physicist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 137 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Physicist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $151,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Medical Physicist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $162,000 based on 61 salaries. A Medical Physicist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $133,649

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Medical Physicists that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Physicists will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+18 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 48 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Miami and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 25 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Medical Physicist

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Medical Physicist Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲8%

National Average
$134,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Medical Physicist Salaries

Radiology
▲14%


National Average
$134,000


Nuclear Medicine
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 13%
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