Nearly 22,000 physicians across 25 specialty areas participated in Medscape’s third physician compensation report.  Data collected among oncologists surveyed found that oncology was the 10th highest ranked specialty, with a mean income of $278,000 (click here to view the average income by specialty).

Orthopedics ($405,000), Cardiology ($357,000), Radiology ($349,000), Gastroenterology ($342,000), Urology ($340,000), Anesthesiology ($337,000), Plastic Surgery ($317,000), Dermatology ($306,000), and General Surgery ($279,000) ranked above Oncology.

Ten percent of oncologists earn $500,000 per year or more, and 14% earn $100,000 per year or less. From 2011-2012, 46% of oncologists said that their compensation remained the same.

Oncologists in the Southwest earn the highest compensation ($347,000), compared to the Northeast, which earns the lowest compensation ($230,000):

onc sal by location

Source: Medscape

Other highlights from Medscape’s report include the following:

A significant pay gap continues to exist between full-time male and female physicians. Men earned $293,000 on average, compared to $240,000 for women.

51% of oncologists feel fairly compensated

51% of oncologists would choose medicine as a career if they had to do it all over, while 57% would choose the same specialty.

The largest percentage of oncologists (25%) spends 30 to 40 hours per week seeing patients.

25% of oncologists see between 25 and 49 patients per week, and 26% of oncologists see between 50 and 75 patients per week.

Due to the nature of the specialty, oncologists spend a considerable amount of time with each patient: 32% spend a mean of 17-20 minutes with each patient, and 27% see patients 21 minutes or longer.

32% of oncologists spend 10-14 hours a week on paperwork and administrative activity (24% spend 5 to 9 hours).

38% say the gratitude and relationships with patients are the most rewarding part of the job, while 28% say being very good at what I do/finding answers, diagnoses.

Click here to view the full Physician Compensation 2013 report by Medscape.