Radiation oncologist salary

Radiation oncologist’s salary depends upon several factors such as work experience, location, level of education, and work place, to include a few.  The average annual income for a radiation oncologist in the United States ranges from between $242,900 to $518,991 per year. According to the Allied Physicians survey, it has been reported that the average income for radiation oncologist’s increases over time. Based on this survey reports, the average starting salary for radiation oncologists is around $201,000, which can increase to $354,000 on gaining 3 years of work experience and can gradually increase by up to $787,000 with more work experience. Moreover, the radiation oncologists employed in the western U.S tend to earn more salary compared to those employed in in the eastern U.S. The difference is almost $100,000 less than those working in the western U.S. Radiation oncologist salary is one of the highest on the field of oncology.

Radiation oncologist job description

A radiation oncologist is a medical specialist who is specialized in treating and managing the patients presenting with cancer disease with the aid of radiation therapy (or radiotherapy). They treat patients presenting with non-malignant conditions and reinforce cancer treatment, especially radiation therapy. Radiation oncologists generally work as part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team such as medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, general surgeons, palliative care physicians, and other medical specialists that cares for cancer patients. Radiation oncologists are responsible to determine a suitable dose of radiation (from high energy electron beams, X-rays, or gamma rays) for each case. They follow an appropriate course of radiation treatment and technique to achieve best results. Read more, if you are interested in What does a radiation oncologist do.

How much does a Radiation oncologist make ?

Average radiation oncologist salary

The average expected wage and annual salary for a radiation oncologist in the United States ranges is around $58.5 per hour and $265,000 per annum.

Radiation oncologist salary in USA

An average starting annual salary for a radiation oncologist in the United States is around $189,000 per year, which gradually increases to about $256,000 per annum overtime. An average annual salary bonus of around $ 22,500 will be included and the total annual salary ranges from between $296,275 – $360,000.

Based on percentiles, the median yearly salary for 90th percentile of radiation oncologists has been around more than $480,000. Similarly, about 75th percentile of them received $409,000, 50th percentile received around $325,000, 25th percentile of them received around $256,000 while 10th percentile received around $189,000 per year.

Based on years of work experience according to BLS reports, an average yearly salary for a radiation oncologist is as follows: One with 1 to 2 years of work experience earns about $241,000 per year; 3 to 4 years of work experience earns around $385,000 per annum; one with 5 to 9 years earns about $423,000 per annum; one with 10-19 years of experience receives around $518,991 per annum; and those with more than 20 years of work experience earns more than $787,337 per annum.

According to the BLS, some of the best paying states for the radiation oncologists in the United States include: Pennsylvania $100,000, Michigan $250,000, and New Jersey $254,341per annum.

radiation oncologist salary in Canada, UK and USA

radiation oncologist salary

Radiation oncologist salary in UK

An average starting salary for a radiation oncologist in the United Kingdom is around £156,650 per annum. An average hourly wage for a radiation oncologist is around £58.5 per hour. Based on years of experience, the radiation oncologist’s salary is as follows: one with more than 3 years of work experience earns around more than £232,050 per year, which can gradually increase from between £250,250 and £301,140 per year.

Radiation oncologist salary in Canada

An average starting hourly wage for a radiation oncologist in Canada ranges from between C$38 – C$40 per hour that gradually increases from between C$43 – C$ 45 per hour overtime. The average yearly bonus is around C$1,014 and the total annual salary ranges from between C$294,785 – C$353,232.

Radiation oncologist salary in Australia

The starting annual salary for an average radiation oncologist in Australia is around from AU$62,944 per year, while an hourly wage is around AU$23 per hour. Based on years of work experience, one with 1 to 4 years of work experience earns around AU$51,455 per year; one with 5 to 9 years earns around 63,415 and one with 10-19 years of work experience earns around AU$70,888 per year.

Salary of radiation oncologist in Mexico

Doctors in general practice in Mexico earn between MXN139,620 and MXN623,404 per year, according to PayScale. Radiologists are likely going to earn more or less the same as the general practitioners.

Radiation oncologist’s education, training and certification

To become a radiation oncologist, the candidate should enroll in bachelor’s degree in arts or science from an accredited college or university on completion of post-secondary education. The candidate should then complete graduate degree in four-year medical program from an accredited graduate school. During specialized training, one should gain more knowledge in core areas of study such as clinical and radiation coursework. On completion of radiation oncology program, the candidate should pass the Board for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination and then apply for certification through the American Board of Radiology which is valid for 10 years.

Conclusion about radiation oncologist

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average hourly wage for a radiation oncologist has been around $52.44 per hour and an average annual salary is around $339,738 per year.

10 Responses to Radiation oncologist salary

  1. Nickolas Blake says:

    First, we should break down the salaries in three areas, Academic (teaching and research in a university setting, private practice (individual owner, hospital based or group practice) and finally the locum physician (travels to various sites around the US to work different lengths of assignments for employers who have a temporary need).

    The academic Radiation Oncologist is going to average 275K annually. They will receive a very low bonus if any. The new grad Radiation Oncologist can expect to enter the academia world anywhere from 200K – 250K. An experienced Radiation Oncologist can expect to see a salary in the 325-450K range depending on the work load and amount of clinical work involved. Some of the salary depends on geography, but not much in the academic world.

    Working in the private sector, group setting or as a hospital based employee, the range is anywhere from 350K – 1 Mil. With most physicians being in the 425-525K range. Guaranteed salaries and bonus varies greatly by facility/employer. New grads can expect a salary range from 300K to 525K depending on site location, demographics and practice type (the rural site are paying the most as of 2013). An experienced Radiation Oncologist can expect to earn an average of 518K.

    The locum Radiation Oncologists salary depends on the amount he/she decides to work. Most independent Radiation Oncologist charge between 10-18K per week for services render in a full-time temporary position.

    I have specialized in Radiation Oncology permanent placement for over 16 years. I could write a book on this subject as there is so much that goes into the salaries for physicians. This is a simple snapshot of many scenarios combined to give you the best picture I can in as few of words as possible. You are more then welcome to contact me.

    • Michael Okpokpo says:

      Hello Nickolas,

      Please, what are the dangers that come with a career in Radiation Oncology. I fear for the radioactive particles used, that can act as carcinogens or the sort. Thank you

    • Nicky says:

      Thank you so much for detail info on the subject. I am an aspiring med student just got accepted in UPENN, Emory, Columbia and Dartmouth. Have done 3 years intense research in oncology at UCSF Medical during undergrad (UC Berkeley)which has inspired me a lot about the subject. I would be very interested to know what actually goes into the salaries for physicians and also the question from Michael Okpokpo. Once again, thanks…

    • veena says:

      Tahnk you very much for all your numbers. I was looking at an position and am not good at negotiation. Would u mind helping in that kind of situation.

    • N Raman says:

      Hi Nick,
      Can you please share your contact information, I am a practicing radiation oncologist

    • vino rodriguez says:

      to nickolas blacks can you please email me i am very serious about getting some more info about this profession (radiation oncologist). thanks you again.

    • Alice Scott says:

      Please state the daily salary range for a retired radiation oncologist with 25 years experience in the Midwest to work as a locum tenus.

  2. veena D says:

    I am looking for a Rad- Onc position in and around St.Louis area. Can you please suggest me some numbers to negotiate in non academic institutions. I am board certified since 2009.

    Thank you

  3. Radiation Oncologist says:

    The salaries quoted above are so far off the mark!
    In the UK the starting salary is £75000, in Australia it’s around $200000 Aus dollars.!!!


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