Radiation Oncologist Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Aspiring radiation oncologists should earn at least an associate's degree in radiography, though employers may prefer those who have a bachelor's degree and some require certification or a license which is obtained after completing a year-long program. Those in this position must be able to work with a wide variety of patients and in occasionally-difficult environments, as some patients may not respond well to treatments and it's important for oncologists to be able to handle these tough situations.
Radiation Oncologist Tasks
- Examine patients, images, and laboratory results to diagnose and recommend treatments for cancer.
- Track progress and health of patients.
- 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.
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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.