Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salary

Wages for Oncologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($239K) per year. Total cash compensation to Oncologists bottoms out near $108K and approaches $406K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $52K from bonuses and almost $116K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Oncologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$104,010 - $384,439
(Median)
$100K
$240K
$380K
MEDIAN: $238,614
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$15.88 - $252.53
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$80
$250
MEDIAN: $80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$104,010 - $384,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,585  
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $116,350  
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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$108,244 - $405,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$15.88 - $252.53  
   
Overtime
$39.31 - $118.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,585  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $116,350  
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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$108,244 - $405,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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. Most notably, facility with Hematology and Oncology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Hematology to be familiar with Oncology as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Oncologist

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


For Oncologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $220K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $253K. Oncologists bring in $274K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Oncologists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $302K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$245,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salaries

Hematology
up arrow 23%

Oncology
up arrow 4%

National Average
$245,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 5%
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