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Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (United States)

The average Optometrist earns approximately $87K per year. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $35K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Optometrists spread between $64K and $114K depending on individual performance. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Optometrists (58 percent). Most Entry-Level Optometrists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (?
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$61,332 - $107,580
(Median)
61K
77K
87K
99K
MEDIAN: $87,317
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Entry-Level Optometrist Salary (?
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$33.88 - $55.51
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,332 - $107,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,940  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $35,234  
Commission
$1,250 - $12,500  
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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$64,101 - $113,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 799
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.88 - $55.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.00  
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 - $11,940  
   
Commission
$1,250 - $12,500  
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).
)
$64,101 - $113,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$91,000
Birmingham
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Houston
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Dallas
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For Entry-Level Optometrists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+11 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (5 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Optometrist Salaries

Optometry
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National Average
$91,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 30%