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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Optometrists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,810
25th Percentile Wage
$81,480
50th Percentile Wage
$106,140
75th Percentile Wage
$135,180
90th Percentile Wage
$192,050

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 $192,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $106,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,810. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 263% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2016106,1402.11%7.84%
2015103,9002.40%-
2014101,4100.12%-
2013101,2903.43%-
201297,820--

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 administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $114,360. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $55,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$114,360
Retail Trade
$109,680
Health Care and Social Assistance
$107,340
Federal, State, and Local Government
$92,320
Educational Services
$55,030

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 $53,930 to $184,400. The highest paying state for optometrists is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $184,400. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $53,930. For more salary information of optometrists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$184,400
Alaska
$178,730
Delaware
$132,810
Colorado
$131,980
Vermont
$126,020
Arizona
$122,930
Maryland
$120,650
Massachusetts
$119,950
Virginia
$119,780
North Carolina
$117,620
New York
$117,520
Idaho
$117,100
Minnesota
$115,660
New Jersey
$113,530
New Hampshire
$113,470
Nevada
$113,070
New Mexico
$112,900
Washington
$112,160
Ohio
$111,960
Hawaii
$110,960
Missouri
$109,720
Maine
$108,680
Iowa
$108,600
California
$106,180
Alabama
$106,130
Nebraska
$105,240
South Carolina
$104,300
Michigan
$103,930
Montana
$103,190
Oklahoma
$102,540
Pennsylvania
$101,770
Wisconsin
$101,300
Tennessee
$101,200
Illinois
$101,050
Mississippi
$100,470
North Dakota
$98,060
Oregon
$97,890
Arkansas
$95,060
Rhode Island
$94,500
South Dakota
$94,350
Texas
$92,970
Wyoming
$92,850
Utah
$92,480
Kansas
$92,430
Kentucky
$90,950
Louisiana
$87,570
Florida
$87,560
West Virginia
$86,490
Indiana
$85,950
Georgia
$84,770
District of Columbia
$74,220
Puerto Rico
$53,930


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