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Highest Paying Industries for Optometrists

The top 36 highest paying industries for optometrists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $135,490, general medical and surgical hospitals - privately owned is the highest paying industry for optometrists. It is followed by general medical and surgical hospitals industry (average annual salary $128,270). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of optometrists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 36 Highest Paying Industries for Optometrists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$135,490
230
2 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$128,270
270
3 Hospitals - Privately owned
$123,500
300
4 Offices of Physicians
$120,250
6,110
5 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$119,150
350
6 Temporary Help Services
$116,630
60
7 Outpatient Care Centers
$112,490
730
8 Employment Services
$111,880
100
9 Administrative and Support Services
$111,880
100
10 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$111,880
100
11 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$109,150
360
12 Educational Services - State government owned
$108,990
360
13 State government, including schools and hospitals
$108,550
380
14 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$107,180
400
15 Educational Services
$106,580
410
16 General Merchandise Stores
$104,990
140
17 Health Care and Social Assistance
$103,330
26,800
18 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$103,120
26,420
19 Social Assistance
$102,120
30
20 Retail Trade
$100,810
4,800
21 Health and Personal Care Stores
$100,710
4,660
22 Offices of Optometrists
$98,160
19,510
23 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$98,160
19,550
24 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$96,950
40
25 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$94,910
70
26 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$93,830
70
27 Department Stores
$91,950
n/a
28 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$91,080
n/a
29 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$90,980
n/a
30 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$90,350
n/a
31 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$89,280
n/a
32 Federal, State, and Local Government
$89,280
n/a
33 Federal government, including USPS
$62,970
440
34 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$62,970
440
35 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$39,220
50
36 Educational Services - Privately owned
$39,220
50
See also: Highest paying cities for optometrists.