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Optometrists Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for optometrists in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of optometrists among Illinois metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Optometrists in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage 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 Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $149,630. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $109,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of optometrists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
7.60% 3.12%
7.87% -
2.61% -
-10.27% -
-5.97% -
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Optometrists in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of optometrists in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of optometrists in state of Illinois ranges from $72,380 to $120,880. The highest paying area for optometrists in Illinois is Springfield with a median annual salary of $120,880. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $110,240). The lowest paying area is Rockford with a median annual salary of $72,380.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area


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