The average annual and hourly salaries for optometrists in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of optometrists amongst North Carolina 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$74,060|
|25th Percentile Wage||$90,810|
|50th Percentile Wage||$118,240|
|75th Percentile Wage||$156,750|
|90th Percentile Wage||No Data|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $156,750. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $118,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $74,060.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of optometrists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of optometrists in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of optometrists in state of North Carolina ranges from $88,910 to $137,950. The highest paying area for optometrists in North Carolina is Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $137,950. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Greensboro-High Point (mean annual salary $128,010). The lowest paying area is Winston-Salem with a median annual salary of $88,910.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Greensboro-High Point|| |
|Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Durham-Chapel Hill|| |
|Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area|| |