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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 amongst California areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,310
25th Percentile Wage
$90,970
50th Percentile Wage
$111,060
75th Percentile Wage
$128,230
90th Percentile Wage
$163,460

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 $163,460. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $111,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of optometrists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$111,060
4.39% 16.63%
2016
$106,180
-4.12% -
2015
$110,550
7.39% -
2014
$102,380
1.58% -
2013
$100,760
8.11% -
2012
$92,590
- -

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 $85,190 to $134,240. The highest paying area for optometrists in California is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $134,240. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta (mean annual salary $132,680). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $85,190.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$134,240
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$132,680
Visalia-Porterville
$126,920
Vallejo-Fairfield
$125,100
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$123,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$123,350
Bakersfield-Delano
$117,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$117,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$115,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$114,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$114,560
Modesto
$112,450
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$108,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$107,720
Stockton
$106,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,850
Salinas
$100,960
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$99,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$96,990
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$96,950
Fresno
$95,330
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$88,200
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$85,190




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