9 Countries With The Highest Ophthalmologist Salaries

(Last Updated On: February 9, 2020)

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery which mainly deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. They use medications to treat eye diseases, implement laser therapy and perform surgery when needed. Here is a list of countries with the highest paid ophthalmologist (Salaries converted to US dollars)

1. Germany

Salary – $800,000

German specialists in ophthalmology who engage in private practice are able to make around €728,000 in fees before taxes and expenses.

2. Canada

Salary – $530,000

Medical specialists in ophthalmology are among the highest paid in the country. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, those based in Ontario earn an average gross income of CA$701,000 annually. The top biller is able to get paid $6.6 million on average for his/her services in a single year.

3. Switzerland

Salary – $460,000

According from the data from Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the annual full time salaries of Swiss ophthalmologist is around CHF450,000 a year.

4. Australia

Salary – $370,000

Australian ophthalmologists are the second highest paid medical specialists after neurosurgeons. They earn around AU$552,950 a year.

5. United States

Salary – $366,000

According to Medscape, US based ophthalmologists earn around $366,000 a year after working an average of 40 hours a week.

6. France

Salary – $336,000

An ophthalmologist based in France is able to make around €306,600 a year in fees from their liberal practice. This is according to a research done by Rempla France.


7. Netherlands

Salary – $274,000

Dutch ophthalmologists get paid a salary of between €5,800 to €10,800 per month. Those who are independently established are able to make between €150,000 to €250,000 a year.

8. Japan

Salary – $164,000

According to a study done by Mediwell Co Ltd, ophthalmologist who are very senior in their field earn an average of 18 million yen or more. Those who are still in the early years of their field earn between 12 – 14 million yen annually.


9. United Kingdom

Salary – $140,000

Medical specialists working under the NHS get a starting salary of £27,700 for their first year and this rises to £32,000 in their second year. Newly qualified consultants have a starting pay of £79,900 and this rises to £108,000 as one gets over 10 years of experience.

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