The Average Oncology Salary

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The Average Oncology Salary
An oncologist searches for a tumour. (doctor image by sasha from

Oncology is the study of tumours. An oncologist is a speciality doctor who provides treatment to cancer patients. While a general doctor may suspect cancer after observing X-rays and blood tests, an oncologist will run more tests to find out more about the specific nature of the cancer. The oncologist then figures out the best treatment to give the patient.

National Salary Data

According to the Payscale website, an oncologist earned anywhere from £87,425 to £169,325 in October 2010.

Starting Salary

According to the Payscale website, the average starting salary for an oncologist was anywhere between £64,025 to £157,300 in October 2010. Like other entry-level physicians, oncologists have completed at least eight years of education after high school and three to eight additional years in residency, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Residency is where graduate medical education within a speciality takes place in the form of on-the-job training, typically inside a hospital.


Within the oncologist speciality, subspecialties exist. According to the Physician Compensation Survey by the American Medical Group Association in 2010, gynaecological oncologists earned a median salary of £268,775; hematology and medical oncologists, £208,650; and paediatric hematologists and oncologists, £138,125.

Employer Type

The employer type can influence how much an oncologist gets paid, according to the Payscale website. Oncologists in hospitals can earn anywhere from £65,650 to £143,975; private practice/firm, £108,550 to £165,425; college and university, £99,125 to £152,100; non-profit organisation, £102,050 to £196,300; state and local government, £89,375 to £169,000; and self-employed, £64,025 to £156,000.


Oncologists can be found in any major city. According to the Payscale website, oncologists in New York earned from £64,675 to £126,425; Boston, £61,750 to £130,000; Chicago, £64,350 to £132,275; Los Angeles, £73,450 to £117,975; Baltimore, £65,975 to £133,250; Atlanta, £102,050 to £133,250; and Houston, £63,375 to £109,200.

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