Optometrist Salary

For Optometrists, Self-Employed hands out the highest paychecks — $172K on average — relative to the national average of $98K per year. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,305 - $134,527
(Median)
$70K
$98K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,667
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50%
90%

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$39.30 - $63.40
(Median)
$39
$51
$63
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,305 - $134,527  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,274  
Profit Sharing
$1,927 - $91,916  
Commission
$1,014 - $25,168  
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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$73,612 - $139,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,830
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$39.30 - $63.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.78  
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,274  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$1,927 - $91,916  
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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$73,612 - $139,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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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 Skills for Optometrist


Survey results show that Optometrists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Optometry, Pediatrics, and ocular disease are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Contact Lenses and ocular disease. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Inexperienced workers earn around $96K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $103K. On average, Optometrists make $112K following one to two decades on the job. Optometrists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $117K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,347

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

For Optometrists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent) and Minneapolis (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Dallas (8 percent less).

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
$101,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
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Optometry
0%

National Average
$101,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

ocular disease
up arrow 4%

Contact Lenses
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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