Ophthalmologist Salary

Ophthalmologists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $202K annually. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Ophthalmologists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$101,487 - $350,885
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MEDIAN: $202,217
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$19.80 - $167.68
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$0$351K
Salary $101,487 - $350,885
Bonus $1,468 - $58,213
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$101,625 - $351,205
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 158
Hourly Data $0$200
Hourly Rate $19.80 - $167.68
Overtime $200.00
Annual Data $0$351K
Bonus $1,468 - $58,213
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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$101,625 - $351,205
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $185,000 based on 76 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $222,000 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $246,000 based on 53 salaries. An Ophthalmologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $270,000 based on 33 salaries.

Ophthalmologist Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologist in Napa:
"Typing skills necessary."
Be flexible.

Ophthalmologist in San Bernardino:
"Patient check in and administration."
Pros:
Cons: People are rude and entitled to receive free care.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmologist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$206,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Glaucoma
▲30%

Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$206,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 21%
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