Optometrist Salary

Though nationally Optometrists make an average $101K per year, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Self-Employed, where the average salary is around $176K. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$73,941 - $135,564
$74K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,077
10%
50%
90%

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$41.00 - $67.54
$41
$54
$68
MEDIAN: $54.17
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$0$141K
Salary $73,941 - $135,564
Bonus $1,024 - $20,426
Profit Sharing $497 - $27,191
Commission $1,957 - $19,574
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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$76,989 - $141,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,234
Hourly Data $0$108
Hourly Rate $41.00 - $67.54
Overtime $13.95 - $108
Annual Data $0$141K
Bonus $1,024 - $20,426
Commission $1,957 - $19,574
Profit Sharing $497 - $27,191
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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$76,989 - $141,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 357

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.

Optometrist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Optometrist

Popular Skills for Optometrist


Survey results suggest that Optometrists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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: $105,175

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

For Optometrists, busy Phoenix offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Optometrists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+13 percent), Charlotte (+12 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (10 percent lower) and Raleigh (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Optometrist

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries

▲12%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$105,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

contact lens
▲1%

Glaucoma
▲1%

low vision
▼0%

National Average
$105,000

▼1%

▼5%


ocular disease
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 31%