I've read a few posts here and elsewhere that state that ops is one of the few fields where one can be "fabulously wealthy". However, if you look at any salary survey anywhere, they generally have ops as being in the low-mid 200's, usually *below* most of the medical and surgical specialties (but above primary care). How'n the heck does this add up? What gives? As someone who is seriously considering ops, here's my take on it: If you do general ops, you will make 200-250, with much less to start (like 130-150) because the market is so saturated right now. BUT, if you can do a fellowship in something where you can maximize the amount of surgery you do and minimize your medical visits, you can make a LOT more (like 800k or so). I know two ops docs who make tons of money, but one is a LASIK monkey and the other is oculoplastics. Any comments on my theory? I call it Toadkiller's Theory of Maximizing Eyeball Returns, or TTME for short.