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Optometrists Salary Information in Kentucky

The average annual and hourly salaries for optometrists in the state of Kentucky are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of optometrists among Kentucky metropolitan 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 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for optometrists in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $163,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $102,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,130.

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
11.00% 18.29%
-4.64% -
9.02% -
-2.21% -
5.65% -
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Optometrists in Kentucky Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of optometrists in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of optometrists in state of Kentucky ranges from $45,400 to $122,980. The highest paying area for optometrists in Kentucky is West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $122,980. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Lexington-Fayette (mean annual salary $114,030). The lowest paying area is Evansville with a median annual salary of $45,400.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
Louisville-Jefferson County
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area


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