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Optometrists Salary Information in North Carolina

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 among North Carolina cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Optometrists in North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$73,390
25th Percentile Wage
$89,150
50th Percentile Wage
$117,620
75th Percentile Wage
$155,190
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 $155,190. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $117,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $73,390.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35.28
25th Percentile Wage
$42.86
50th Percentile Wage
$56.55
75th Percentile Wage
$74.61
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for optometrists in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $74.61. The median hourly salary is $56.55. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35.28.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of optometrists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016117,6207.51%-1.25%
2015108,790-2.66%-
2014111,680-2.40%-
2013114,360-4.14%-
2012119,090--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Optometrists in North Carolina Cities

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 $88,600 to $146,470. The highest paying area for optometrists in North Carolina is Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $146,470. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $140,040). The lowest paying area is Wilmington with a median annual salary of $88,600.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$146,470
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$140,040
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$126,860
Fayetteville
$122,570
Greensboro-High Point
$112,880
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$111,680
Raleigh-Cary
$102,320
Durham-Chapel Hill
$98,060
Wilmington
$88,600


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