Nurse Oncology Salary

Most Oncology Nurses in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $29.88 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.28 per hour, and the top verges on $41.89. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Oncology Nurses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,921 - $88,228
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,675
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$22.28 - $41.89
(Median)
$22
$30
$42
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,921 - $88,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$46,395 - $88,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$22.28 - $41.89  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$46,395 - $88,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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Job Description for Nurse Oncology

A nurse in the oncology field deals with the treatment of cancer patients. The nurse may assist an oncologist and other physicians in providing care to inpatients or outpatients. This job can be highly stressful, especially when working with an emergency department and/or with terminally ill patients. Chemotherapy may be carried out to the patient by the nurse, as designated by the physician. The nurse will have to administer IVs through various methods. Medication may be administered by the nurse.

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Nurse Oncology Tasks

  • Educate and council patients and families on medical information and treatment details.
  • Design outpatient care plans and communicate with patients and families about updates and changes.
  • Adapt and provide nursing care for patients undergoing oncology treatment and monitoring.

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Popular Skills for Nurse Oncology


Oncology Nurses report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Chemotherapy, Oncology, Acute Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hospice. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery also tend to know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Nurse Oncology

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


Oncology Nurses do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Oncology Nurse generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $78K.

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Experience Affects Nurse Oncology Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 11%


National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Nurse Oncology Salaries

Chemotherapy
up arrow 7%

Oncology
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Hospice
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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