Optometrist Salary

Salaries for Optometrists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($96K) per year. Total cash compensation to Optometrists bottoms out near $72K and approaches $135K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $53K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. Work is enjoyable for Optometrists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$68,631 - $129,919
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$69K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,413
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$39.13 - $61.69
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MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,631 - $129,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $53,083  
Commission
$1,000 - $32,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$71,819 - $134,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,576
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$39.13 - $61.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,795  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $32,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $53,083  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$71,819 - $134,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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Job Description for Optometrist

Optometrists are licensed physicians who specialize in eye health and care. They examine, diagnose and treat patients with eye problems or disorders. They conduct tests to identify and evaluate any defects or diseases that afflict their patients' eyes. They also prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids. Optometrists work directly with their patients and work to provide the best treatment possible. As such, optometrists must be able to work in a professional manner with a variety of patients ranging from young children to the elderly.

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Optometrist Tasks

  • Conduct tests to identify and evaluate eye defects and disease.
  • Prescribe eye glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision aids for the correction of visual disorders.
  • Examine, diagnose and treat patients.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometrist


Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $136K.

Salaries are easily beat at LensCrafters Inc., where median pay comes to just $98K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $79K and ending at $135K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Job skills reported by Optometrists are limited. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Optometry, ocular disease, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Optometry tend to be well versed in Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Optometrists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $94K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $102K. Optometrists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $110K. Optometrists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $113K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Optometrists, 15 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent) and Minneapolis (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Optometrist Reviews

What is it like working as an Optometrist at LensCrafters Inc.?

Optometrist in St. Louis:
"The most amazing patients!"
Pros: I enjoy a corporate structure because it gives me the opportunity to concentrate on patient care, building the team and the success For the business. My passion is caring for others. This corporate culture is dedicated to caring, exceeding expectations and delivering the best experience and product available. It's nice to get a free pair of glasses each year and a discount on any others. The leadership summits are amazing events.
Cons: Occasionally, the policies lag behind the current needs.

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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries



Mid-Career
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National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
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Optometry
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ocular disease
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National Average
$100,000

Pediatrics
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Contact Lenses
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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