Optometrist Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Optometrist is $93,089 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Optometrist Salary (?
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$65,469 - $125,837
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $93,089
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Optometrist Salary (?
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$37.36 - $59.70
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,469 - $125,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,237  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $53,829  
Commission
$979 - $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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$69,678 - $129,992  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$37.36 - $59.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $87.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,237  
   
Commission
$979 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $53,829  
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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$69,678 - $129,992  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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

Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle
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St. Louis
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Minneapolis
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Fairfax
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Atlanta
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Boston
0%
National Average
$98,000
Los Angeles
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Austin
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Birmingham
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Dallas
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Houston
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San Diego
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Denver
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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$98,000

Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

Optometry
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Pediatrics
0%
National Average
$98,000
Contact Lenses
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 31%
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