Optometrists Salary Information

The salary statistics of optometrists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of optometrists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The optometrists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Optometrists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,740
25th Percentile Wage
$83,460
50th Percentile Wage
$110,300
75th Percentile Wage
$136,270
90th Percentile Wage
$190,090

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) optometrists is $190,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $110,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,740. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 253% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2017
$110,300
3.77% 11.31%
2016
$106,140
2.11% -
2015
$103,900
2.40% -
2014
$101,410
0.12% -
2013
$101,290
3.43% -
2012
$97,820
- -

Table 2. Optometrists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of optometrists in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for optometrists occupations is the retail trade sector with an annual salary $114,820. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $78,990).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Retail Trade
$114,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$110,030
Health Care and Social Assistance
$109,920
Federal, State, and Local Government
$94,280
Educational Services
$78,990

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Optometrists by States

From the above tables we note that not only optometrists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of optometrists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $38,120 to $144,480. The highest paying state for optometrists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $144,480. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $38,120. For more salary information of optometrists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$144,480
Colorado
$130,130
Massachusetts
$128,750
Vermont
$126,020
New York
$121,270
Maryland
$120,960
Washington
$119,960
Virginia
$119,800
New Hampshire
$119,180
Connecticut
$118,740
North Carolina
$118,240
Nevada
$117,710
Arizona
$117,010
Minnesota
$116,760
Maine
$116,020
Ohio
$115,600
New Jersey
$115,260
Hawaii
$114,610
South Carolina
$114,110
North Dakota
$114,050
California
$111,060
Tennessee
$110,760
Wisconsin
$110,210
Michigan
$109,540
Pennsylvania
$109,510
Illinois
$109,360
Mississippi
$108,610
Nebraska
$106,560
Iowa
$105,870
Kansas
$104,190
Rhode Island
$103,920
Kentucky
$102,190
Alabama
$102,070
Oregon
$100,990
Missouri
$100,990
Montana
$100,220
Delaware
$98,880
Texas
$98,380
Wyoming
$97,380
South Dakota
$95,730
Idaho
$94,700
Georgia
$93,830
Utah
$92,330
Arkansas
$90,520
Florida
$89,600
West Virginia
$88,400
Indiana
$88,240
Oklahoma
$84,460
Louisiana
$81,730
New Mexico
$76,920
District of Columbia
$75,990
Puerto Rico
$38,120



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