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How much does an Optometrist make in the United States?

Average Optometrist Hourly Wage in the United States

Optometrists earn a median hourly wage of $48.76.

Average Optometrist Yearly Salary in the United States

Optometrists earn a median salary of $101,410 per year.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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There are different factors which come into play when it comes to determining how much an optometrist can earn, such as the type of practice an optometrist decides to work at. If an optometrist decides to go for private practice, it requires setting up a clinic and handling business matters while juggling the needs of the patients. According to the American Optometric Association, optometrists who have established their private practice earn more than those who are employed in hospitals, clinics and other institutions. This is because their earnings are boosted by the additional services that they provide plus the revenue from the eye care products they sell to their patients. Their revenue is not fixed to just the monthly salary - when the number of patients goes up, their profits increase as well.

Another option is to be employed under a more prominent hospital or clinic. An in-house optometrist will technically be employed by the institution and income will depend on the rate per consult fees or monthly salary. Other optometrists work in partnership with major manufacturers, and handle the medical side of the business while doing retailing for a company which manufactures eye glasses, contact lenses and other products.

For new optometrists just getting into actual practice, the wage starts out low, especially if the experience is less than a year (the starting wage can be from $70,000 to $90,000). The determinant for start-up pay is based on educational background, internship performance or recommendations. The $90,000 initial salary for optometrists in the United States can go up after a year or two. This occurs once the individual has gained proper experience in the field. Optometrists with five years of experience or more get better offers and higher incomes from institutions and are highly sought after by major eye care companies and premiere hospitals.

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Optometrist Earnings by Seniority

Senior Optometrist Earnings

Senior Optometrists in the United States earn:

$63.74
an hour
$132,580
per year
Experienced Optometrist Earnings

Experienced Optometrists in the United States earn:

$48.76
an hour
$101,410
per year
Junior Optometrist Earnings

Junior Optometrists in the United States earn:

$37.50
an hour
$78,000
per year
Starting Optometrist Earnings

Starting Optometrists in the United States earn:

$25.13
an hour
$52,270
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Historical salary for Optometrists in the United States

Optometrist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Optometrist Salary in Alaska $82.27 $171,120 # 1
Optometrist Salary in Connecticut $65.09 $135,390 # 2
Optometrist Salary in Oklahoma $55.33 $115,080 # 3
Optometrist Salary in New Mexico $55.73 $115,920 # 4
Optometrist Salary in North Dakota $52.61 $109,430 # 5
Optometrist Salary in New York $54.82 $114,020 # 6
Optometrist Salary in Missouri $57.83 $120,280 # 7
Optometrist Salary in Iowa $50.79 $105,650 # 8
Optometrist Salary in North Carolina $53.69 $111,680 # 9
Optometrist Salary in Maine $53.51 $111,300 # 10
Optometrist Salary in Virginia $54.12 $112,580 # 11
Optometrist Salary in Rhode Island $53.46 $111,200 # 12
Optometrist Salary in Maryland $54.95 $114,300 # 13
Optometrist Salary in Kansas $46.18 $96,060 # 14
Optometrist Salary in Texas $46.82 $97,390 # 15
Optometrist Salary in Arkansas $47.87 $99,570 # 16
Optometrist Salary in Georgia $45.91 $95,500 # 17
Optometrist Salary in South Carolina $43.44 $90,350 # 18
Optometrist Salary in Colorado $51.35 $106,800 # 19
Optometrist Salary in Nebraska $44.09 $91,710 # 20
Optometrist Salary in Minnesota $51.16 $106,420 # 21
Optometrist Salary in Washington $50.12 $104,240 # 22
Optometrist Salary in California $49.22 $102,380 # 23
Optometrist Salary in New Hampshire $54.86 $114,110 # 24
Optometrist Salary in Ohio $51.07 $106,220 # 25
Optometrist Salary in Massachusetts $51.00 $106,070 # 26
Optometrist Salary in South Dakota $47.23 $98,230 # 27
Optometrist Salary in New Jersey $51.32 $106,750 # 28
Optometrist Salary in Arizona $51.18 $106,450 # 29
Optometrist Salary in Michigan $47.01 $97,790 # 30
Optometrist Salary in Mississippi $51.67 $107,470 # 31
Optometrist Salary in Idaho $57.86 $120,350 # 32
Optometrist Salary in Wisconsin $45.29 $94,210 # 33
Optometrist Salary in Wyoming $42.01 $87,390 # 34
Optometrist Salary in Indiana $44.33 $92,210 # 35
Optometrist Salary in Louisiana $39.13 $81,400 # 36
Optometrist Salary in Vermont $50.87 $105,820 # 37
Optometrist Salary in Tennessee $48.81 $101,530 # 38
Optometrist Salary in Pennsylvania $49.46 $102,880 # 39
Optometrist Salary in West Virginia $43.93 $91,370 # 40
Optometrist Salary in District of Columbia $53.49 $111,260 # 41
Optometrist Salary in Hawaii $49.09 $102,110 # 42
Optometrist Salary in Utah $46.09 $95,860 # 43
Optometrist Salary in Montana $45.03 $93,670 # 44
Optometrist Salary in Delaware $44.79 $93,160 # 45
Optometrist Salary in Oregon $46.04 $95,750 # 46
Optometrist Salary in Florida $39.67 $82,510 # 47
Optometrist Salary in Alabama $43.38 $90,230 # 48
Optometrist Salary in Illinois $43.59 $90,670 # 49
Optometrist Salary in Kentucky $41.63 $86,590 # 50
Optometrist Salary in Nevada $41.75 $86,850 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become an Optometrist

Interested in becoming an optometrist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good optometrist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A doctorate degree is required to be an Optometrist.

  3. Get Hired

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    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.

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