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Optometrists Salary Information in Tennessee

The average annual and hourly salaries for optometrists in the state of Tennessee are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of optometrists among Tennessee 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,000
25th Percentile Wage
$85,450
50th Percentile Wage
$101,200
75th Percentile Wage
$143,170
90th Percentile Wage
$176,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $176,860. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $101,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,000.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.96
25th Percentile Wage
$41.08
50th Percentile Wage
$48.65
75th Percentile Wage
$68.83
90th Percentile Wage
$85.03

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for optometrists in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $85.03. The median hourly salary is $48.65. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.96.

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
2016101,200-5.58%-5.84%
2015106,8504.98%-
2014101,530-3.51%-
2013105,090-1.92%-
2012107,110--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Optometrists in Tennessee Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of optometrists in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of optometrists in state of Tennessee ranges from $85,150 to $141,630. The highest paying area for optometrists in Tennessee is South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $141,630. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Knoxville (mean annual salary $106,680). The lowest paying area is Chattanooga with a median annual salary of $85,150.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$141,630
Knoxville
$106,680
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$106,230
Memphis
$106,160
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$105,230
Chattanooga
$85,150



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