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. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Ophthalmologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Ophthalmologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$100,802 - $340,346
(Median)
$100K
$200K
$340K
MEDIAN: $197,781
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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, 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
$100,802 - $340,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $70,469  
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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$97,108 - $362,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $242.40  
   
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 - $70,469  
   
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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$97,108 - $362,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Survey takers who work as Ophthalmologists usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Surgery command much higher paychecks, 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.


Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $181K per year. Ophthalmologists see a median salary of $252K 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 $207K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$202,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 22%

National Average
$202,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

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
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 24%
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