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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1241 Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Diagnose and perform surgery to treat and help prevent disorders and diseases of the eye. May also provide vision services for treatment including glasses and contacts. Excludes “Optometrists” (29-1041) and “Pediatric Surgeons” (29-1243).


National estimates for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
Industry profile for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
Geographic profile for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

National estimates for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,610 20.4 % $ 129.85 $ 270,090 10.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 48.53 $ 79.51 (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 100,940 $ 165,380 (5) (5) (5)


Industry profile for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 9,410 0.35 $ 135.34 $ 281,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 820 0.01 $ 113.62 $ 236,330
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 700 0.07 $ 91.68 $ 190,700
Outpatient Care Centers 210 0.02 $ 157.14 $ 326,840
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 210 0.05 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 9,410 0.35 $ 135.34 $ 281,500
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 700 0.07 $ 91.68 $ 190,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 210 0.05 (8) (8)
Outpatient Care Centers 210 0.02 $ 157.14 $ 326,840
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 820 0.01 $ 113.62 $ 236,330

Top paying industries for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 210 0.02 $ 157.14 $ 326,840
Offices of Physicians 9,410 0.35 $ 135.34 $ 281,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 820 0.01 $ 113.62 $ 236,330
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 700 0.07 $ 91.68 $ 190,700
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $ 55.58 $ 115,600


Geographic profile for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,250 0.10 1.24 $ 162.08 $ 337,120
Illinois 800 0.14 1.74 $ 153.33 $ 318,930
Florida 730 0.08 1.03 $ 115.92 $ 241,120
Nevada 430 0.34 4.08 $ 133.25 $ 277,150
Michigan 400 0.10 1.20 $ 139.33 $ 289,810


Map of location quotient of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 430 0.34 4.08 $ 133.25 $ 277,150
Hawaii 110 0.19 2.33 $ 130.51 $ 271,460
Illinois 800 0.14 1.74 $ 153.33 $ 318,930
Minnesota 370 0.13 1.63 $ 107.42 $ 223,430
New Hampshire 70 0.12 1.40 $ 149.42 $ 310,800


Map of annual mean wages of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 40 0.09 1.14 (5) (5)
South Dakota (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Vermont (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Mississippi 50 0.04 0.50 $ 169.75 $ 353,090
Maine 60 0.11 1.31 $ 168.21 $ 349,870



Map of employment of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.17 2.10 $ 153.02 $ 318,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 3.52 $ 94.33 $ 196,210
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 230 0.09 1.09 $ 151.82 $ 315,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 210 0.09 1.05 $ 135.73 $ 282,320
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.10 1.26 $ 154.35 $ 321,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 1.05 $ 101.39 $ 210,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 130 0.05 0.61 $ 107.50 $ 223,610
Boulder, CO 100 0.53 6.48 $ 122.55 $ 254,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.09 1.04 $ 145.72 $ 303,100
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.22 2.70 $ 124.15 $ 258,220


Map of location quotient of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 100 0.53 6.48 $ 122.55 $ 254,910
Eugene, OR 50 0.32 3.89 $ 125.20 $ 260,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 3.52 $ 94.33 $ 196,210
Killeen-Temple, TX 30 0.24 2.86 (5) (5)
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.22 2.70 $ 124.15 $ 258,220
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.21 2.53 (5) (5)
York-Hanover, PA 40 0.21 2.50 $ 165.61 $ 344,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.17 2.10 $ 153.02 $ 318,280
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.14 1.74 $ 118.60 $ 246,680
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.10 1.26 $ 154.35 $ 321,050


Map of annual mean wages of ophthalmologists, except pediatric by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Killeen-Temple, TX 30 0.24 2.86 (5) (5)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30 0.02 0.20 (5) (5)
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.21 2.53 (5) (5)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $ 171.56 $ 356,830
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $ 171.03 $ 355,740
York-Hanover, PA 40 0.21 2.50 $ 165.61 $ 344,470
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 162.79 $ 338,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 162.30 $ 337,590


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022