With a median pay of $176K, Self-Employed Optometrists make much more than the national average ($99K annually) for those in this field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$71,876 - $133,067
(Median)
$72K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,346
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50%
90%

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$40.03 - $66.98
(Median)
$40
$52
$67
MEDIAN: $51.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,876 - $133,067  
   
Bonus
$1,019 - $20,411  
Profit Sharing
$4,027 - $89,396  
Commission
$1,927 - $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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$74,333 - $138,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$40.03 - $66.98  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $102.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,019 - $20,411  
   
Commission
$1,927 - $19,627  
Profit Sharing
$4,027 - $89,396  
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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$74,333 - $138,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Glaucoma, contact lens, Optometry, and Pediatrics 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 educated in Optometry tend to be well versed in Contact Lenses.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist

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


Optometrists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $98K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $107K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Optometrists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $112K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,691

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Optometrists, 16 percent higher than the national average. Optometrists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+15 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and St. Louis (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (8 percent lower) and San Diego (5 percent lower).

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
up arrow 4%

National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
up arrow 3%

Glaucoma
up arrow 3%

Optometry
up arrow 1%

National Average
$103,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

ocular disease
up arrow 7%

Contact Lenses
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
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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