Ophthalmologist Salary

Ophthalmologists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $198K) surpassing six figures annually. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Ophthalmologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Ophthalmologists survey respondents are men (73 percent). While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$100,364 - $346,068
(Median)
$100K
$200K
$350K
MEDIAN: $198,386
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$10.06 - $242.40
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$240
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$100,364 - $346,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $62,188  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$97,926 - $365,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $242.40  
   
Overtime
$132.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $62,188  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$97,926 - $365,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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. 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 $183K per year. Ophthalmologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $252K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $225K.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$202,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

up arrow 17%

National Average
$202,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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