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Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salary

Oncologists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $233K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Oncologists varies from around $102K to approximately $405K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $51K and $135K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Oncologists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Oncologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$100,441 - $379,862
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MEDIAN: $222,952
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National Salary Data

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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$100,441 - $379,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,384  
Profit Sharing
$1,503 - $135,000  
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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$102,273 - $405,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$44.02 - $254.66  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $117.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,384  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,503 - $135,000  
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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$102,273 - $405,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Oncologist

An oncologist is a specialized physician or doctor who is trained in a wide variety of diagnoses and cancer treatment procedures. This person often works in a hospital or medical office. While many work during regular business hours, it is not unusual for an oncologist to work extended hours, especially within a hospital setting.

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Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Tasks

  • Provide treatment plans that take into account the nature of the cancer, the patients' wishes and best medical options.
  • Recommend changes to diet, exercise, and other factors to reduce cancer risks or side effects of treatment.
  • Examine patients, images, and laboratory results to diagnose and recommend treatments for cancer.
  • Track progress and health of patients.

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Oncologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Hematology and Oncology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Competency in Hematology frequently indicates knowledge of Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Oncologist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Oncologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $210K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Oncologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $254K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $274K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$233,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salaries

Hematology
up arrow 13%


National Average
$233,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 5%