The average Ophthalmic Photographer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.96 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. More than half of Ophthalmic Photographers (67 percent) survey participants are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,262 - $98,633
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MEDIAN: $50,000
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$13.66 - $28.49
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,262 - $98,633  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,319 - $68,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $28.49  
   
Overtime
$19.15 - $51.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,319 - $68,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Photographer

Ophthalmic photographers work in ophthalmic medical centers, and their primary job is to capture close-up images of patients' retinas, corneas, and other ocular structures. These images can be used to diagnose problems and can also be used to document diseases, surgeries, and treatments. They will have to use a variety of specialized equipment like microscopes and cameras to capture two-dimensional and three-dimensional photos. They will have to know how to conduct tests, such as using dye to obtain an angiogram of the eye. They will need to know how to develop exposed film and mount and label slides to be included in a patient's medical chart.

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Ophthalmic Photographer Tasks

  • Administer contrast medium into patient's eye region for diagnostic purposes.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  • Operate imaging equipment to produce images of blood vessels of the eye.

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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Photographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. Ophthalmic Photographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $49K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None:
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