Pediatric Oncologist Salary

The average salary of pediatric oncologist in US is $274,859.

Pediatric oncologists will work directly with children and their parents to diagnose and treat cancer. Oncologists can choose to specialize in pediatrics at any point in their career. Oncologists will need to remain board certified throughout their career.

Median pediatric oncology salary

  • $274,859 per year
  • $132 per hour

An oncologist can expect a median salary of $274,859 annually, or $132 per hour. The median salary is a representation of the mid-point of a set of data and not the average salary.

Salary range for middle 50% of pediatric oncology

  • $221,189 – $349,043
  • $106 – $168 per hour

Pediatric oncology’s middle 50% salary is between $221,189 and $349,043. Hourly, these figures are between $106 and $168. The middle 50% is a set of data that is starting to be used to provide a better representation of a field’s salary expectation. Using a set of data, this figure is taken after removing the top and bottom 25% of salaries in a list of data.

Lowest and highest salary

  • Lowest – $172,326 ($83/hour)
  • Highest – $416,583 ($200/hour)

Pediatric oncologists starting out in the field will find themselves in the bottom 10th percentile of salaries at $172,326 ($83/hour). Oncologists that are on top of the field and have been in the industry for decades will be in the top 10th percentile of professionals earning $416,583 annually, or $200 an hour.

The total salary package

Total salary package is a representation of the true total value of a position. This figure accounts for social security, retirement, bonuses, time off and other benefits that are not given an accurate value. A pediatric oncology total salary, based off of a base salary of $274,859, is $369,658 a year.

Cities with the highest paying pediatric oncology jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics combines oncology into the physician and surgeon classification. This provides skewed salary figures, but gives a representation of the cities that have the highest paying salaries in the field:

  • Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Napa, California
  • Michigan City, Indiana

States with the highest paying salary

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not state the highest paying states for just pediatric oncology. Instead, information is based off of physicians as a whole and includes:

  • Minnesota at $235,150
  • South Dakota at $232,530
  • New Hampshire at $231,550
  • Montana at $228,880
  • Wyoming at $226,310

Factors affecting pediatric oncology salaries

Pediatric oncology is a growing field. Demand is one of the major factors affecting the field as more patients are being seen in hospitals every day. Oncologists can see both adults and pediatrics, but many hospitals are requiring pediatric oncology specialists to join their workforce.

Education among colleagues is often the same, so experience and location are the major factors in determining salary.

Highly populated cities, such as New York, New York or Los Angeles, California will pay higher wages on average. This wage increase is accompanied by a heavier workload and tiresome hours in most situations.

Industry will have an impact on salary. Working as a specialist in a physician’s office will pay more than working at a hospital in most cities. Medical and diagnostic laboratories are one of the highest paying industries in the field.

Growth in the industry is expected to be 18% over the span of 2012 to 2022.

Training and certification requirements for pediatric oncology

Pediatric oncologists have expansive educational requirements before being allowed to enter the field.

Undergraduate coursework in a science-related major is recommended but not required. Pre-med courses will be required before entering med-school, so it is vital to take all of the appropriate pre-med requirements before receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Acceptance into medical school is the next requirement. Medical school will take 4 years to complete. Medical school is broken down into two sections: the first two years will deal with lab and lecture coursework and the last two years will be spent in hospitals and clinics.

Physicians will become mentors during the last two years of medical school where a student will be exposed to a variety of medical-related specializations from surgery to oncology.

Medical licensing is required for a doctor to move onto a residency program.

Completion of medical school is followed by a 3 – 8 year residency. The typical residency in a pediatrics center will include rotating between oncology, cardiology and other specializations.

Residency completion ends the required education of a pediatric oncologist. The American Board of Pediatrics provides certification in pediatric care and is recommended for anyone pursuing a career in pediatric oncology. Certification will further boost a pediatric oncology salary and is viewed highly among employers.

Professionals in this field will diagnose and treat patients. Required surgical procedures to remove cancer is frequent.

International pediatric oncology salaries

Pediatric Oncology Salary in the U.K. is £14,546 – £74,658.

Pediatric Oncology Salary in Canada is C$20,426 – C$207,000.

Pediatric Oncology Salary in Australia is AU$40,268 – AU$148,994.

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