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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 $144,480, Alaska is the highest paying state for optometrists. It is followed by Colorado (average annual salary $130,130). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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 Alaska
$144,480
$92,520 80
2 Colorado
$130,130
$61,650 800
3 Massachusetts
$128,750
$67,640 1,080
4 Vermont
$126,020
$71,270 100
5 New York
$121,270
$84,690 2,410
6 Maryland
$120,960
$39,310 640
7 Washington
$119,960
$79,350 740
8 Virginia
$119,800
$66,360 1,370
9 New Hampshire
$119,180
$80,920 150
10 Connecticut
$118,740
$66,140 250
11 North Carolina
$118,240
$74,060 940
12 Nevada
$117,710
$46,060 200
13 Arizona
$117,010
$37,880 660
14 Minnesota
$116,760
$52,640 970
15 Maine
$116,020
$73,220 150
16 Ohio
$115,600
$53,750 1,210
17 New Jersey
$115,260
$71,060 1,160
18 Hawaii
$114,610
$82,230 170
19 South Carolina
$114,110
$63,470 560
20 North Dakota
$114,050
$30,010 190
21 California
$111,060
$67,310 3,810
22 Tennessee
$110,760
$64,450 670
23 Wisconsin
$110,210
$56,070 540
24 Michigan
$109,540
$65,500 1,440
25 Pennsylvania
$109,510
$51,560 1,800
26 Illinois
$109,360
$68,150 2,150
27 Mississippi
$108,610
$50,650 240
28 Nebraska
$106,560
$40,760 450
29 Iowa
$105,870
$48,780 440
30 Kansas
$104,190
$69,720 500
31 Rhode Island
$103,920
$35,590 150
32 Kentucky
$102,190
$43,130 480
33 Alabama
$102,070
$59,830 510
34 Oregon
$100,990
$68,960 490
35 Missouri
$100,990
$62,960 760
36 Montana
$100,220
$64,120 120
37 Delaware
$98,880
$57,160 100
38 Texas
$98,380
$45,020 2,600
39 Wyoming
$97,380
$65,640 90
40 South Dakota
$95,730
$58,660 130
41 Idaho
$94,700
$51,150 150
42 Georgia
$93,830
$42,450 1,040
43 Utah
$92,330
$31,260 450
44 Arkansas
$90,520
$54,640 290
45 Florida
$89,600
$34,920 1,780
46 West Virginia
$88,400
$33,500 170
47 Indiana
$88,240
$36,500 860
48 Oklahoma
$84,460
$42,970 690
49 Louisiana
$81,730
$54,670 200
50 New Mexico
$76,920
$53,150 220
51 District of Columbia
$75,990
$57,540 100
52 Puerto Rico
$38,120
$32,000 220
See also: Highest paying industries for optometrists, Top Paying Jobs in America.