Radiation Oncologists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $327K) surpassing six figures annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Radiation Oncologists is extremely high. The majority of Radiation Oncologists (64 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$156,510 - $499,135
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$160K
$330K
$500K
MEDIAN: $326,529
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$17.23 - $233.76
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MEDIAN: $108.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$170K$340K$510K
Salary
$156,510 - $499,135  
   
Bonus
$5,106 - $61,277  
Total Pay (?
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$151,262 - $501,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $233.76  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$5,106 - $61,277  
   
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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$151,262 - $501,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

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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.


For Radiation Oncologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $296K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $302K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $385K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Radiation Oncologist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $407K on average.

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Experience Affects Radiation Oncologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$328,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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