Optometrist Salary

Self-Employed is a desirable employer for Optometrists where the median salary comes in around $176K, beating the field's national median of $100K per year. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,509 - $136,764
$74K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,402
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50%
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$40.21 - $66.66
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$52
$67
MEDIAN: $52.42
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$0$140K
Salary $73,509 - $136,764
Bonus $1,174 - $19,981
Profit Sharing $1,993 - $87,262
Commission $1,927 - $15,456
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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$76,150 - $140,494
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,289
Hourly Data $0$114
Hourly Rate $40.21 - $66.66
Overtime $21.79 - $114.41
Annual Data $0$140K
Bonus $1,174 - $19,981
Commission $1,927 - $15,456
Profit Sharing $1,993 - $87,262
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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$76,150 - $140,494
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 362

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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 Employer Salaries for Optometrist

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Glaucoma, low vision, and Optometry are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing ocular disease as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Contact Lenses and Pediatrics also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Optometry are similarly competent in Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

Pay by Experience for an Optometrist has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometrist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 848 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometrist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 339 salaries. An experienced Optometrist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 345 salaries. An Optometrist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 323 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,680

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

Optometrists will find that Phoenix offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+13 percent), Charlotte (+12 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Raleigh (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Optometrist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$104,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
▲3%

Glaucoma
▲2%

▲1%

low vision
▲1%

National Average
$104,000

▼3%


ocular disease
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 32%
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