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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $202,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $107,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid optometrists is $53,230.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of optometrists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of optometrists in 13 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 $123,220. 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|| |
|Offices of Physicians|| |
|Ambulatory Health Care Services|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals|| |
|Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)|| |
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners|| |
|Offices of Optometrists|| |
|Hospitals - Privately owned|| |
|Social Assistance|| |
|Individual and Family Services|| |
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals|| |
|Specialty hospitals - Privately owned|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .