Physics Fees and Medical Physicists’ Salaries

April 28, 2009 · Written by ·

As physicists, we most likely have at least two things in common: 1. We are extremely busy with technical and scientific issues every day, and 2. Most of us are salaried employees. Putting these two things together, it is probably fair to say that most of us do not have the time to find out how our salaries are determined and where they come from. My personal feeling is that knowing the source of our salaries–which basically boils down to how much our organizations receive for our services–would help us negotiate better when it comes to raises and benefits. If like me, you are a busy, but curious physicist–someone who always wanted to know the formula for CPT but did not have the time to find out–the article in the link below gives you an exact formula for how Medicare pays MDs. This analytical article is very informative, educational, and useful. While the formula in this article applies to physicians–not physicists–it makes sense that a similar document and formula exists for technical and physics charges. If someone knows a similar source for physics charges/fees, please share it with the rest of us.  Here is the link to the article:

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