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Optometrist Salary

Optometrist Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.28 $36.11 $47.03 $61.77 $88.72
Annual Wage $52,600 $75,100 $97,800 $128,500 $184,500

How much do optometrists make? Optometrists are charged with examining patients’ eyes in order to diagnose and treat vision problems, eye diseases and other eye disorders. They may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed. Optometrists work in a variety of settings, including independent offices, retail stores and clinics.

Someone interested in becoming an optometrist must first complete three years of undergraduate work. It is then necessary to successfully complete a Doctor of Optometry program in order to obtain a license to practice optometry. A breakdown of the full process of becoming an Optometrist can be found here.

Salary

The median annual optometrist salary, which is the amount where the same number of optometrists earn less than that amount and the same number earn more, is $97,820. The top 10% of optometrists earn $184,530; the lowest 10% earn less than $52,590.

Hours and Work Environment

Optometrists generally maintain normal business hours during the week. It may be necessary for an optometrist to work outside normal business hours in order to meet the emergency needs of patients who suffered an eye injury.

Factors Impacting Salary

Factors that impact salary include years of experience in the field, choice of setting in which to practice, and specialized areas of practice.

Setting

In general, optometrists who work in a salaried position earn more than those just entering into private practice. Optometrists with a number of years of experience who are in private practice have the opportunity to increase their earnings yearly by increasing the number of patients they treat.

Specialized Training

Optometrists may decide to obtain advanced clinical training in a specialized area of optometry. These areas include pediatric optometry, geriatric optometry and low vision care. Specializing in one specific area of optometry may increase one’s ability to earn a higher income.

Job Outlook

Job opportunities for optometrists are expected to increase by 24% between 2012 and 2022. This is due in part to the expectation of an increased need for vision care for an aging population. This increase would lead to at least 8,100 jobs.

Salary Data

Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Offices of Physicians 6,250 0.26 $64.22 $133,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 250 <.005 $61.82 $128,580
Outpatient Care Centers 780 0.12 $57.37 $119,340
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 18,760 2.53 $52.15 $108,460
Department Stores 60 <.005 $50.65 $105,350

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $35,400 $61,200 $82,900 $104,100 $146,000 550 720 +30%
Alaska $60,800 $101,400 $159,800 $187,200+ $187,200+ 30 40 +37%
Arizona $58,300 $80,400 $91,500 $118,200 $173,000 630 790 +26%
Arkansas $44,400 $59,200 $75,900 $113,500 $180,000 540 570 +6%
California $52,000 $71,800 $92,600 $123,600 $150,300 4,100 4,800 +17%
Colorado $51,500 $73,900 $89,000 $106,400 $136,600 1,010 1,260 +25%
Connecticut $59,900 $94,900 $129,900 $187,200+ $187,200+ 390 450 +16%
Delaware $76,300 $84,200 $98,100 $129,800 $154,000 110 140 +24%
District of Columbia $82,700 $92,800 $108,400 $156,100 $187,200+ 90 110 +23%
Florida $37,200 $66,900 $99,000 $187,200+ $187,200+ 1,610 1,930 +20%
Georgia $57,200 $74,800 $90,100 $132,400 $187,200+ 370 430 +15%
Hawaii $57,300 $80,100 $118,100 $136,900 $147,300 360 430 +19%
Idaho $50,000 $60,200 $70,900 $88,200 $112,800 190 250 +28%
Illinois $65,600 $85,200 $106,000 $129,700 $148,500 2,320 2,530 +9%
Iowa $52,200 $74,300 $98,600 $132,900 $179,400 530 700 +32%
Kansas $47,000 $84,300 $102,500 $125,900 $168,200 510 680 +34%
Kentucky $45,000 $64,500 $83,500 $98,200 $145,200 500 660 +32%
Louisiana $29,400 $53,000 $77,600 $129,600 $187,200+ 320 390 +20%
Maine $73,500 $98,600 $111,100 $130,600 $187,200+ 150 160 +3%
Maryland $34,800 $65,900 $110,100 $140,500 $174,300 580 700 +20%
Massachusetts $56,200 $84,200 $103,100 $117,700 $143,100 730 850 +16%
Michigan $52,600 $63,900 $97,400 $119,400 $162,100 880 1,030 +18%
Minnesota $53,100 $59,300 $90,200 $112,800 $144,900 790 1,030 +31%
Mississippi $29,300 $56,300 $90,700 $130,800 $150,400 390 450 +14%
Missouri $60,500 $69,800 $94,900 $148,100 $187,200+ 820 870 +6%
Montana $37,600 $48,500 $79,100 $110,700 $154,200 150 180 +23%
Nebraska $62,700 $79,600 $97,500 $147,500 $187,200+ 380 450 +19%
Nevada $51,200 $56,700 $81,200 $109,100 $167,900 170 190 +15%
New Hampshire $75,700 $100,500 $116,100 $143,300 $187,200+ 140 180 +27%
New Jersey $77,900 $88,000 $102,600 $115,800 $133,900 540 680 +25%
New Mexico $46,200 $68,100 $87,500 $111,600 $137,400 190 230 +21%
New York $69,800 $87,200 $107,000 $129,100 $186,600 2,130 2,480 +17%
North Carolina $83,600 $97,700 $119,100 $170,900 $187,200+ 960 1,120 +17%
North Dakota $54,600 $70,200 $105,200 $157,100 $187,200+ 140 160 +19%
Ohio $73,900 $89,300 $109,700 $139,300 $187,200+ 820 980 +19%
Oklahoma $30,100 $64,900 $92,700 $134,900 $181,900 640 780 +22%
Oregon $74,400 $85,100 $100,600 $117,100 $143,900 370 470 0%
Pennsylvania $45,900 $74,900 $99,900 $119,500 $150,700 1,540 1,710 +11%
Rhode Island $81,700 $87,300 $96,700 $113,000 $136,400 130 150 +17%
South Carolina $51,800 $64,800 $89,500 $187,200+ $187,200+ 450 600 +34%
South Dakota $69,600 $82,500 $97,400 $187,200+ $187,200+ 240 280 +19%
Tennessee $54,000 $85,500 $107,100 $134,400 $168,800 530 650 +24%
Texas $56,200 $67,000 $80,300 $100,500 $162,800 2,440 3,100 +27%
Utah $54,100 $81,100 $93,500 $109,100 $121,300 230 310 +37%
Vermont $70,400 $91,200 $108,100 $122,000 $141,800 80 90 +16%
Virginia $65,200 $89,400 $112,700 $143,700 $187,200+ 850 1,150 +36%
Washington $56,000 $85,400 $108,800 $146,900 $187,200+ 510 670 +32%
West Virginia $38,900 $56,100 $89,500 $130,900 $164,600 90 100 +11%
Wisconsin $46,400 $77,100 $97,900 $117,200 $165,600 760 850 +12%
Wyoming $46,900 $55,700 $77,500 $97,400 $138,800 80 100 +29%


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