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Ophthalmologist Salary

Average pay for Ophthalmologists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($198K). Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Ophthalmologists are male. Job satisfaction for Ophthalmologists is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$98,535 - $339,641
MEDIAN: $188,935

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National Salary Data (?
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$98,535 - $339,641  
$0.00 - $71,954  
Profit Sharing
$5,500 - $37,000  
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).
$97,679 - $357,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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Job Description for Ophthalmologist

  • 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 only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Surgery command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 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 $168K per year. Ophthalmologists bring in $253K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Ophthalmologists report making only $204K on average.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

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National Average

Medicine / Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 23%