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Optometrists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for optometrists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of optometrists among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Optometrists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,230
25th Percentile Wage
$86,590
50th Percentile Wage
$106,180
75th Percentile Wage
$131,030
90th Percentile Wage
$163,670

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $163,670. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $106,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,230.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30.88
25th Percentile Wage
$41.63
50th Percentile Wage
$51.05
75th Percentile Wage
$63.00
90th Percentile Wage
$78.69

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for optometrists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $78.69. The median hourly salary is $51.05. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.88.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of optometrists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016106,180-4.12%12.80%
2015110,5507.39%-
2014102,3801.58%-
2013100,7608.11%-
201292,590--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Optometrists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of optometrists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of optometrists in state of California ranges from $95,130 to $132,680. The highest paying area for optometrists in California is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with a median annual salary of $132,680. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $121,250). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $95,130.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$132,680
Bakersfield-Delano
$121,250
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$118,900
Salinas
$117,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$115,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$111,850
Modesto
$111,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$110,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$108,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$105,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,850
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$101,750
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$99,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$96,940
Stockton
$95,740
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$95,130


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