I'd like to begin by saying i'm not just interested in making money. I'd rather like what i'm doing and get paid little then be miserable and make a lot of money. Anyways, when i look at the salaries of physicists, i see that it ranges. Overall, I'd like to say that physicists do not get paid little. But, there are some people making less money than others while some people making more money than others. I want to know, how do become a high paid physicist. Does fame matter, or discoveries? What makes these few physicist get paid more than others. Note that i'm talking about most physicist in general not medical physicist. My other question is if there is such thing as a engineering physicist. I mean i would like to do research in a lab in all, but it'll be cool if i get to design stuff. I don't just want to be observing stuff i want be building new devices sort of like an inventor/engineer, who deals a lot with physics. I hope you can help!