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Ophthalmologist Salary

Salaries for Ophthalmologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($198K) per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and slightly less than half receive dental plans. Most Ophthalmologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Ophthalmologists who answered the questionnnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$99,972 - $340,346
(Median)
$100K
$200K
$340K
MEDIAN: $198,022
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90%

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$9.95 - $248.32
(Median)
$10
$42
$250
MEDIAN: $41.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$99,972 - $340,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $73,974  
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $50,000  
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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$97,770 - $363,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $248.32  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $73,974  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000 - $50,000  
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).
)
$97,770 - $363,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Ophthalmologist

  • Diagnose and medically treat any eye disorders and diseases.
  • Prescribe eye care and surgeries as needed.
  • Administer routine eye exams.

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Survey takers who work as Ophthalmologists report a focused set of job skills. Surgery and Medicine / Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist

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


Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $182K per year. Ophthalmologists see a median salary of $254K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $206K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$204,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 18%

National Average
$204,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 21%