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Optometrist Salary

An average Optometrist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $96K per year. Cash earnings for Optometrists — including $20K in bonuses and $53K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $71K to $135K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Women Optometrists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optometrists. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$67,678 - $130,116
(Median)
$68K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,111
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$39.05 - $61.39
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$39
$51
$61
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,678 - $130,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,620  
Profit Sharing
$1,443 - $53,083  
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
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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$71,467 - $134,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,555
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$39.05 - $61.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $85.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,620  
   
Commission
$997 - $38,783  
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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$71,467 - $134,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometrist


Kaiser Permanente leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $136K.

LensCrafters Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $97K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $79K to $135K.

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Survey takers who work as Optometrists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in contact lens, Optometry, Pediatrics, and Contact Lenses are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Contact Lenses. Those proficient in Optometry are, more often than not, also skilled in Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $94K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $102K. Optometrists see a median salary of $110K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $114K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Optometrists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), Chicago (+2 percent), and Phoenix (+1 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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 301 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 30%
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