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Optometrist Salary

Median pay for Optometrists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $96K annually. Cash earnings for Optometrists — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $53K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $135K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Most Optometrists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$67,588 - $130,082
(Median)
$68K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,067
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$39.01 - $61.27
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,588 - $130,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,430 - $53,341  
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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$71,501 - $134,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$39.01 - $61.27  
   
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 - $19,635  
   
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$1,430 - $53,341  
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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$71,501 - $134,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405

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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 leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $145K.

Employees at LensCrafters Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $97K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $79K and quickly nearing the top at only $135K.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Optometrists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Optometry, Pediatrics, and Contact Lenses can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Contact Lenses. Most people familiar with Optometry also know Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optometrists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $94K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $102K. Optometrists bring in $110K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $114K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Optometrists that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Optometrists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), Chicago (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+1 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. San Diego and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 12 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries



Mid-Career
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National Average
$100,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

Optometry
0%

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 304 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
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 31%
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