Ophthalmologists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $202K annually. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Ophthalmologists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Job Description for Ophthalmologist
While the similar professional names of optometrists can cause confusion for laymen, an ophthalmologist is an actual eye doctor. Ophthalmologists are not only certified to perform medical exams, but they also diagnose diseases, write prescriptions, and perform surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also familiar with laser vision-correction procedures, such as LASIK, and offer these services to patients.Read More...
Ophthalmologists are primarily responsible for performing routine eye examinations. In addition to testing visual acuity, they also check for signs of diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, and diagnose a variety of related conditions. For instance, they may take note early signs of jaundice that signify liver problems or lipid rings which indicate serious cholesterol problems.
Ophthalmologists also typically offer surgical care for patients. While the most well-known of these are laser corrections to the lens of the eye, these doctors also help correct corneal problems and even clear developing cataracts in patients. They may also be consulted about eye injuries and either serve as primary care providers for those who require care or refer them to sub-specialists who work specifically in areas such as retinal re-attachment.
As ophthalmologists are licensed medical doctors, they must undertake the same rigorous educational training as many other doctors. Due to their specialty, ophthalmologists typically choose and commit to their discipline early on in the education process. Most in this position work in dedicated eye care clinics, some of which may be attached to larger optical facilities that sell glasses and contact lenses.
- Diagnose and medically treat any eye disorders and diseases
- Prescribe eye care and surgeries as needed
- Administer routine eye exams
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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist
Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $185,000 based on 76 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $222,000 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $246,000 based on 53 salaries. An Ophthalmologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $270,000 based on 33 salaries.
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