Salary for Ophthalmologists

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Opthalmologists are specialists who focus on the diagnosis, treatment - including surgical correction, and prevention of eye injuries and diseases. These professionals perform comprehensive exams of the visual system and review patient and familial medical histories to make diagnoses. They may prescribe medication for infections, pain relief and the management of opthalmic conditions. Additionally, these professionals use a wide range of technology including lasers to conduct ophtalmic and oculoplastic surgeries which correct vision problems or alleivate conditions such as glaucoma. They are required to hold current medical licenses and doctoral or professional degrees.

An Ophthalmologist earns a wage on a scale from 144000 to 216000 depending on the level of education. Ophthalmologists usually get an average pay level of One Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Four Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Ophthalmologists can receive the best compensation in Minnesota, where they can receive an average pay rate of just about $218180. This group of professionals are compensated most highly in Finance and Insurance, where they get average compensation of $207270.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.18 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Ophthalmologists tend to make the most in the following industries
Other Services (except Public Administration) $207,270
Finance and Insurance $185,660
Health Care and Social Assistance $184,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises $178,210
Public Administration $177,600
Manufacturing $157,670
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $107,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $136,330
Manufacturing $157,670
Public Administration $177,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises $178,210
Health Care and Social Assistance $184,850
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