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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 $232K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $52K each, total incomes of Oncologists generally range from $104K to $405K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Oncologists. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Oncologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$102,339 - $386,140
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$100K
$230K
$390K
MEDIAN: $232,376
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$40.27 - $253.42
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MEDIAN: $77.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$102,339 - $386,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,625  
Profit Sharing
$5,766 - $51,953  
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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$104,351 - $404,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$40.27 - $253.42  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $117.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $51,625  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,766 - $51,953  
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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$104,351 - $404,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Hematology and Oncology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Hematology tends to also indicate an understanding of Oncology.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Oncologist

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


Oncologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $217K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $269K. 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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$242,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Oncologist Salaries

Hematology
up arrow 24%

Oncology
up arrow 4%

National Average
$242,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 4%