Six-figure salaries are the norm for Ophthalmologists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $202K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Ophthalmologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Ophthalmologists are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$102,337 - $350,309
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MEDIAN: $201,533
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$102,337 - $350,309  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $86,718  
Profit Sharing
$55,000  
Total Pay (?
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$98,778 - $353,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $160.00  
   
Overtime
$200.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$206.08 - $86,718  
   
Profit Sharing
$55,000  
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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$98,778 - $353,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • Administer routine eye exams.
  • Prescribe eye care and surgeries as needed.
  • Diagnose and medically treat any eye disorders and diseases.

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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmologist

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


Ophthalmologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $187K per year. Ophthalmologists bring in $246K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ophthalmologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $267K.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmologist

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$204,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Glaucoma
up arrow 32%

up arrow 1%

National Average
$204,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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