Ophthalmologists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $201K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Ophthalmologists are male. For the most part, Ophthalmologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While around one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$100,229 - $353,583
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$200K
$350K
MEDIAN: $201,031
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$10.96 - $181.31
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$180
MEDIAN: $90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$100,229 - $353,583  
   
Bonus
$1,479 - $60,820  
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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$96,648 - $358,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $181.31  
   
Overtime
$132.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,479 - $60,820  
   
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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$96,648 - $358,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 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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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist

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


Ophthalmologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $193K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $251K. Ophthalmologists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $259K on average.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$204,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Glaucoma
up arrow 31%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$204,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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