Optometrist Salary

For Optometrists, Self-Employed hands out the highest paychecks — $176K on average — relative to the national average of $100K per year. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$72,880 - $134,736
$73K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,021
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50%
90%

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$40.19 - $66.56
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$52
$67
MEDIAN: $51.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,880 - $134,736  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,071  
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $88,769  
Commission
$1,523 - $19,678  
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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$75,586 - $139,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$40.19 - $66.56  
   
Overtime
$21.79 - $103.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,007 - $20,071  
   
Commission
$1,523 - $19,678  
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $88,769  
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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$75,586 - $139,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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Job Description for Optometrist

Optometrists examine patients' eyes, conducting vision tests and diagnosing and treating sight problems. The main responsibilities of an optometrist include examining patients of all ages to detect vision defects, diseases or injuries; producing reports that detail patients' visual exam histories to supply the best care; providing advice to patients who may need lenses or frames; and writing referrals to other vision specialists when appropriate. Additionally, optometrists may have monthly sales goals designated by his or her employer. Higher-level optometrists may manage staff, as well as communicate with sales representatives from various vision product suppliers to maintain product supply for the company. Optometrist generally work in private practice, such as in eye offices and vision centers; they may also teach at the university level.

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Optometrist Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Optometrist


Survey results imply that Optometrists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Glaucoma, low vision, and Optometry are correlated to pay that is above average. Ocular disease and Contact Lenses, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Optometry are similarly competent in Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

Pay by Experience for an Optometrist has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometrist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 848 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometrist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 339 salaries. An experienced Optometrist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 345 salaries. An Optometrist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 323 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,972

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Optometrists that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+14 percent), Charlotte (+13 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). In Houston, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Los Angeles and 5 percent less in Raleigh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Optometrist

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$103,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
▲4%

Glaucoma
▲3%

low vision
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$103,000

▼3%


ocular disease
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 30%
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