Ophthalmologist Salary

Ophthalmologists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($197K) annually in the United States. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Ophthalmologists who answered the questionnnaire. Most Ophthalmologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$100,546 - $342,461
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$340K
MEDIAN: $197,256
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$9.95 - $248.32
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$100,546 - $342,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $70,000  
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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$98,389 - $365,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $248.32  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $70,000  
   
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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$98,389 - $365,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Ophthalmologists report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Surgery can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist

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


Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $181K per year. On average, Ophthalmologists make $253K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $207K on average.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
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National Average
$202,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 20%

National Average
$202,000

Medicine / Surgery
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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
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 22%
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