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Optometrist Salary

The average Optometrist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $94K annually. In the world of Optometrists, overall cash earnings stretch from $71K near the bottom to $132K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $18K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $54K, along with commissions approaching $40K. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.
$66,880 - $127,382
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,880 - $127,382  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,230  
Profit Sharing
$1,419 - $53,594  
Commission
$986 - $39,732  
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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$70,660 - $132,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$38.45 - $60.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,230  
   
Commission
$986 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$1,419 - $53,594  
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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$70,660 - $132,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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


With a median salary of $97K, LensCrafters Inc. provides Optometrists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $135K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Optometrists usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Optometry, Pediatrics, and Contact Lenses can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Optometrists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $92K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $101K. Optometrists bring in $109K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $112K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Optometrists, New York provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Optometrists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+7 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), Chicago (+3 percent), and St. Louis (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (14 percent less) and Houston (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries



Mid-Career
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National Average
$99,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

Optometry
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$99,000

Contact Lenses
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 31%