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Optometrists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of optometrists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare optometrists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Optometrists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,300
25th Percentile Wage
$82,630
50th Percentile Wage
$109,920
75th Percentile Wage
$140,900
90th Percentile Wage
$199,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) optometrists is $199,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $109,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid optometrists is $54,300.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of optometrists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$109,920
2.35% 11.03%
2016
$107,340
0.84% -
2015
$106,440
2.92% -
2014
$103,330
1.02% -
2013
$102,280
4.38% -
2012
$97,800
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Compare Optometrists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of optometrists in 19 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for optometrists occupations is the outpatient care centers industry with an annual salary $124,140. The lowest paying industry is the specialty hospitals - privately owned industry (annual salary $81,510). For detailed optometrists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$124,140
Offices of Physicians
$124,060
Hospitals - Local government owned
$117,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$117,730
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$116,810
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$116,810
Social Assistance
$113,140
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$109,960
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$106,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$105,910
Hospitals - Privately owned
$105,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$105,520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$104,950
Offices of Optometrists
$104,930
Individual and Family Services
$91,620
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$87,060
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$85,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$83,100
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$81,510

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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