Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $38K, which grow to $42K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $45K. After a couple decades on the job, Ophthalmic Photographers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.