Optometrist Salary

Optometrists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $96K per year on average. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Optometrists — as high as $20K, $53K and $39K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $72K to $134K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Optometrists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,331 - $129,646
(Median)
$68K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,365
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$39.17 - $61.63
(Median)
$39
$51
$62
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,331 - $129,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,661  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $53,083  
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
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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$71,692 - $134,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$39.17 - $61.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,661  
   
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
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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$71,692 - $134,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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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


For Optometrists, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, median earnings sit around $136K, the highest in the area.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $79K to just $135K — but LensCrafters Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $97K.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Survey results show that Optometrists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Optometry, Pediatrics, and Contact Lenses are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Contact Lenses. Those familiar with Optometry also tend to know Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


For Optometrists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $94K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $102K. Optometrists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $110K. Optometrists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $113K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Optometrists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Denver and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$100,000

Contact Lenses
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 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: 64% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%
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