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Highest Paying States for Optometrists

The highest paying states 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 of optometrists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $184,400, Connecticut is the highest paying state for optometrists. It is followed by Alaska (average annual salary $178,730). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of optometrists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Optometrists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Connecticut
$184,400
$71,980 220
2 Alaska
$178,730
$102,980 70
3 Delaware
$132,810
$71,360 120
4 Colorado
$131,980
$85,210 930
5 Vermont
$126,020
$71,270 90
6 Arizona
$122,930
$38,930 670
7 Maryland
$120,650
$58,300 600
8 Massachusetts
$119,950
$66,180 1,020
9 Virginia
$119,780
$68,790 1,240
10 North Carolina
$117,620
$73,390 930
11 New York
$117,520
$82,890 2,690
12 Idaho
$117,100
$57,080 240
13 Minnesota
$115,660
$75,110 700
14 New Jersey
$113,530
$70,760 1,060
15 New Hampshire
$113,470
$79,650 160
16 Nevada
$113,070
$79,800 280
17 New Mexico
$112,900
$30,620 190
18 Washington
$112,160
$46,110 660
19 Ohio
$111,960
$54,520 1,130
20 Hawaii
$110,960
$82,070 200
21 Missouri
$109,720
$68,190 800
22 Maine
$108,680
$68,780 140
23 Iowa
$108,600
$57,400 360
24 California
$106,180
$64,230 3,750
25 Alabama
$106,130
$55,600 550
26 Nebraska
$105,240
$42,040 350
27 South Carolina
$104,300
$53,060 500
28 Michigan
$103,930
$55,680 1,240
29 Montana
$103,190
$56,930 130
30 Oklahoma
$102,540
$46,220 660
31 Pennsylvania
$101,770
$43,200 1,610
32 Wisconsin
$101,300
$53,380 450
33 Tennessee
$101,200
$54,000 640
34 Illinois
$101,050
$69,100 2,490
35 Mississippi
$100,470
$42,910 200
36 North Dakota
$98,060
$43,590 190
37 Oregon
$97,890
$40,890 570
38 Arkansas
$95,060
$57,180 320
39 Rhode Island
$94,500
$35,300 180
40 South Dakota
$94,350
$59,060 120
41 Texas
$92,970
$44,090 2,410
42 Wyoming
$92,850
$50,710 90
43 Utah
$92,480
$29,530 420
44 Kansas
$92,430
$50,740 500
45 Kentucky
$90,950
$45,400 490
46 Louisiana
$87,570
$59,290 190
47 Florida
$87,560
$42,760 1,940
48 West Virginia
$86,490
$32,360 150
49 Indiana
$85,950
$35,650 730
50 Georgia
$84,770
$39,280 950
51 District of Columbia
$74,220
$61,680 100
52 Puerto Rico
$53,930
$38,360 150
See also: Highest paying industries for optometrists, Top Paying Jobs in America.