$103,238
Avg. Salary
$54.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,977

Bonus

$7,500

Profit Sharing

$7,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Optometrist is $54.56 per hour.

The average pay for an Optometrist is $103,238 per year.

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$41.87
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$54.56
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$68.25
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MEDIAN $54.56
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$77k
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$142k
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MEDIAN $103,238
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$0$146K
Salary $76,597 - $141,832
Bonus $985 - $25,078
Profit Sharing $1,532 - $50,335
Commission $1,917 - $20,310
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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$79,353 - $146,322
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,129
Hourly Data $0$101
Hourly Rate $41.87 - $68.25
Overtime $21.64 - $102
Annual Data $0$146K
Bonus $985 - $25,078
Commission $1,917 - $20,310
Profit Sharing $1,532 - $50,335
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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$79,353 - $146,322
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 621

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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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: $108,565

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).

Optometrist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optometrist?

Optometrist in Clementon:
"Underpaid."
Pros: Staff members
Cons: My boss

Optometrist in St. Paul:
"It's fine."
Pros: Everything is close, in the city without being too crowded.
Cons: Weather is not good for most of the year, drivers are negligent, people are generally grumpy below the "Minnesota Nice" veneer.

Optometrist in Franklin:
"A relaxed and Free of Stress enviroment."
The office is very stress free for the OD's because the staff is very efficent. They keep everthing going very smoothly. I am always able to take an hour lunch and very rarely do I miss lunch due to bookings ot emergency. Most mornings I arrive about 5 min. Late and I still am able to complete my exam on time. We schedlule 30-45 min exams..It isn't run like a factory. It s a very professional enviroment and the staff is a joy to work with.

Optometrist in Lubbock:
"The true practice Model and direction."
Understand fully how your Skills, your past accomplishment, and your personality fit in the environment your looking to join. IE, is it private, commercial, what model and direction are they moving towards?

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.

Optometrist in Bethesda:
"More business management education."
Get an MBA or be happy working for a big company with benefits.

Optometrist in New York:
"Don't become an optometrist."
There are too many optometrist and not enough jobs.

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Key Stats for Optometrist

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Optometrist Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$109,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Optometrist Salaries

National Average
$109,000

contact lens
▼2%

Glaucoma
▼3%

low vision
▼3%

▼4%

▼8%


ocular disease
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 32%