Optometrist Salary

An Optometrist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Optometrists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The average optometrists salary varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the optometrists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Median Hourly & Annual Data

Optometrist Salary Chart


The mean Optometrist salary is $51.79 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $25.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $88.00 per hour.


On an annual basis the mean salary is $107,720. The lowest 10% earn $51,690 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $183,500 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Optometrist Salary

The lowest paid Optometrists earn less than $52,000 annually while the highest paid Optometrists earn more than $189,000 per year.    

Top 5 States

The best paying states are South Dakota, Connecticut, North Carolina, Alaska, and Virginia.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best paying city or metropolitan areas to be an optometrist are Toledo OH, Sioux Falls SD, Fayetteville NC, Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL, and Houma-Bayou Cane LA.

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Other Industries that Employ Opticians

Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, Management of companies and enterprises, and other ambulatory care centers also employ these professionals.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 27,950 optometrists working in the U.S.

Where They Work

Of all the Optometrists employed in the United States over 17,080 of them work in  offices of ophthalmologists, physicians and other healthcare providers. Health and personal care stores, outpatient care centers and the federal government also employ optometrists.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Optometrists in private practice earn higher wages than those who are employed. The same skills required to run a small business are required to run a medical practice.  Medical professionals often hire an office manager to run the business while they practice, treat, and see patients.  


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

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