Radiation Oncologist Salary

Radiation Oncologists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $312K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Radiation Oncologists largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Radiation Oncologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance.

$189,501 - $497,783
MEDIAN: $312,298

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$189,501 - $497,783  
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$183,627 - $498,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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Job Description for Radiation Oncologist

Radiation oncologists work primarily with cancer patients to determine the best treatment methods for their patients to get healthy. Oncologists work one-on-one with their patients ensure that treatments are successful and other options are in place if a treatment does not work, and they also work with teams of doctors and nurses to provide the best-possible treatment and care for patients for long periods of time. Radiation oncologists are primarily responsible for administering radiation therapy to cancer patients based on doctors' orders, and they typically work closely with patients to ensure that the medicine is administered properly and in the appropriate dosages.


Radiation 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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Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Oncologist

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $297K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $309K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $361K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Radiation Oncologists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $423K.

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Experience Affects Radiation Oncologist Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

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


24 %
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 10%