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Optometrist Salary

Optometrists in the United States pull down an average of $96K annually. In the world of Optometrists, overall cash earnings stretch from $71K near the bottom to $134K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $20K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $53K, along with commissions approaching $39K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most Optometrists like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$67,329 - $129,303
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MEDIAN: $95,578
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$38.77 - $61.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,329 - $129,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,678  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $52,994  
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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$71,289 - $133,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,525
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$38.77 - $61.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $85.52  
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 - $19,678  
   
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $52,994  
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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$71,289 - $133,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401

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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


Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $136K.

Pay for Optometrists is the lowest at LensCrafters Inc., which has a median salary of $97K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $135K.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Optometrists note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Optometry, Pediatrics, and Contact Lenses can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $93K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $102K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optometrists make a median salary of $110K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $114K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Optometrists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+4 percent) and Chicago (+3 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in San Diego and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries



Mid-Career
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National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

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 322 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 31%