Ophthalmologist Salary

Average pay for Ophthalmologists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($201K). Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a third. Male Ophthalmologists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$103,042 - $346,067
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MEDIAN: $201,278
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$10.93 - $166.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$103,042 - $346,067  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $67,871  
Total Pay (?
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$100,294 - $347,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $166.38  
   
Overtime
$200.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$206.08 - $67,871  
   
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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$100,294 - $347,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmologist

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$204,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmologist Salaries

Glaucoma
▲31%

Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$204,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 20%