For Optometrists, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Self-Employed, where the average employee brings in around $176K relative to the national average of $100K per year for those in this line of work. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,550 - $134,571
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$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,698
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$40.13 - $66.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,550 - $134,571  
   
Bonus
$1,013 - $20,043  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $88,084  
Commission
$1,535 - $19,627  
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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$75,148 - $139,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$40.13 - $66.92  
   
Overtime
$21.96 - $103.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,013 - $20,043  
   
Commission
$1,535 - $19,627  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $88,084  
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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$75,148 - $139,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 346

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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 suggest that Optometrists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Glaucoma, Optometry, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ocular disease and Contact Lenses. For most people, competency in Optometry indicates knowledge of Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optometrists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $99K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $108K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optometrists make a median salary of $112K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $118K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,798

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

With a pay rate for Optometrists that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+13 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Dallas and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Optometrist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optometrist?

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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Key Stats for Optometrist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries



Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
up arrow 4%

Glaucoma
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National Average
$103,000


Contact Lenses
up arrow 11%

ocular disease
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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