Optometrist Salary

Average pay for an Optometrist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $97K per year. Overall cash earnings for Optometrists stretch from $72K on the lower end to $135K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $53K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and roughly two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Optometrists (53 percent) survey respondents.

$69,195 - $129,533

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$38.94 - $61.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,195 - $129,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,789  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $53,083  
Commission
$970 - $25,532  
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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$72,206 - $134,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$38.94 - $61.71  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,789  
   
Commission
$970 - $25,532  
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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$72,206 - $134,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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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

  • 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 $136K.

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 $100K.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Optometrists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Optometry, ocular disease, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Optometry also know Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


For Optometrists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining 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 $103K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $111K in this role. 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 $113K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Optometrists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+4 percent) and Chicago (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Optometrist Reviews

What is it like working as an Optometrist at LensCrafters Inc.?

Optometrist in St. Louis:
"The most amazing patients!"
Pros: I enjoy a corporate structure because it gives me the opportunity to concentrate on patient care, building the team and the success For the business. My passion is caring for others. This corporate culture is dedicated to caring, exceeding expectations and delivering the best experience and product available. It's nice to get a free pair of glasses each year and a discount on any others. The leadership summits are amazing events.
Cons: Occasionally, the policies lag behind the current needs.

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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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ocular disease
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 271 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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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