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Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (United States)

The average Entry-Level Optometrist can expect to rake in roughly $88K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Optometrists approaches anywhere from $66K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $35K from profit sharing. The majority of Entry-Level Optometrists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Optometrists (58 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and roughly two-fifths have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (?
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$62,280 - $109,502
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MEDIAN: $88,289
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Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (?
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$34.92 - $55.56
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,280 - $109,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,694  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $35,234  
Commission
$1,017 - $14,740  
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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$65,528 - $114,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.92 - $55.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.50  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,694  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $14,740  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $35,234  
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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$65,528 - $114,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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Pay Difference By Location

Federal Way
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New York
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Atlanta
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National Average
$92,000
Birmingham
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Houston
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Denver
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For Entry-Level Optometrists, working in the bustling city of Federal Way has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Optometrists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Workers in Houston and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Optometrist Salaries

Optometry
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National Average
$92,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%