Ophthalmologist Salary

Ophthalmologists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $198K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Ophthalmologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance.

$101,244 - $335,876

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$10.06 - $242.40

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$101,244 - $335,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $69,531  
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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$97,587 - $360,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $242.40  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $69,531  
   
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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$97,587 - $360,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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.

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Ophthalmologist Tasks

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

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Ophthalmologists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Surgery can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average.

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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $252K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $207K.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$202,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 22%

National Average
$202,000

Medicine / Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 24%
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