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Ophthalmologist Salary

Ophthalmologists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $198K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Ophthalmologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,297 - $336,950
(Median)
$100K
$200K
$340K
MEDIAN: $197,573
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$9.95 - $248.32
(Median)
$10
$42
$250
MEDIAN: $41.00
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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
$100,297 - $336,950  
   
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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$98,127 - $362,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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).
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$98,127 - $362,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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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Professional skills reported by Ophthalmologists are few in number. 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.


Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $183K per year. Ophthalmologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $252K. Ophthalmologists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $205K.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$203,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 18%

National Average
$203,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 22%
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