the OPS Salary Survey. It has taken some
time to prepare the survey results for review, but as Steve Jobs said, “Details
matter - it is worth waiting to get it right”.
Requests for a salary survey are
frequently made to our central office as ophthalmic imagers seek to benchmark
where they stand in our profession. We are a diverse group, coming from different
backgrounds, different training, and more and more, different job descriptions.
The demands of an academic institution may be quite dissimilar to what is
required in a private practice, and the management of each clinic is bound to
be unique, based on the style of the physicians in the practice.
The OPS survey was specifically
designed to address the diversity of our profession and covered many
appropriate topics, including not
just salary information, but geographic locations, and workplace scenarios,
just as the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes in its surveys.
A total of
493 individuals, approximately 50% of our membership, responded to the 16
question survey. An excellent response rate!
But often in surveys, customizing to meet
specific needs does not always lead to easily comparable results. In the case of our profession, not everyone
is compensated in the same manner. You will note that the results are split,
depending on the type of compensation. While an annual salary may provide a
hard number, an hourly wage may be misleading if overtime is paid at a
different rate and amount of overtime is not reported. These details should be taken into
consideration when comparing the two types of compensation.
Another important point is that the number of
respondents to any given question can skew results, and be misleading. A low number of respondents to a question or
a locale may not fairly represent the true status, especially if an individual data point falls high or low outside of the
Great effort was made to report the variety of
benefits reported – again, these results are not easy to compare.
Please take time in reviewing the salary survey
and consider the above points as you evaluate the data.
The results of the salary survey were compiled by a biostatistician, using “PivotTables”,
a common data compilation tool, in EXCEL® software. The results have been represented in graphs
for easy visual interpretation.
The OPS Board of Directors wishes to thank
Deborah Brown, CRA, Ditte Hess, CRA, FOPS, BethAnn Benetz, CRA, FOPS and Sarah
Moyer, CRA, OCT-C, for the development of the survey; and Michael V. Morris,
BS, MStat for the compilation of the results.
We hope the OPS Salary survey will be meaningful
and of value to you in your professional development.
Please follow the links below to view the 2013 OPS Salary Survey results:
Benefits - Region
Benefits - Practice setting