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.
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.Read More...
Ophthalmologists are primarily responsible for performing routine eye examinations. In addition to testing visual acuity, they also check for signs of diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts, and diagnose a variety of related conditions. For instance, they may take note early signs of jaundice that signify liver problems or lipid rings which indicate serious cholesterol problems.
Ophthalmologists also typically offer surgical care for patients. While the most well-known of these are laser corrections to the lens of the eye, these doctors also help correct corneal problems and even clear developing cataracts in patients. They may also be consulted about eye injuries and either serve as primary care providers for those who require care or refer them to sub-specialists who work specifically in areas such as retinal re-attachment.
As ophthalmologists are licensed medical doctors, they must undertake the same rigorous educational training as many other doctors. Due to their specialty, ophthalmologists typically choose and commit to their discipline early on in the education process. Most in this position work in dedicated eye care clinics, some of which may be attached to larger optical facilities that sell glasses and contact lenses.
- Administer routine eye exams.
- Prescribe eye care and surgeries as needed.
- Diagnose and medically treat any eye disorders and diseases.
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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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