Optometrist Salary

optometrist-salary-chart.jpgOptometrists manage, examine, diagnose, and treat diseases and conditions of the human eye and ocular system. They may prescribe medication for therapy and treatment of eye conditions.

Salary

The average salary of optometrists is $109,810 annually. The lowest 10% earns at most $52,590 a year while the top 10% earns at least $184,530 yearly. The median salary is $97,820.

The best industries for employment are offices of “other” health practitioners (17,530 employed, $107,860 average); offices of physicians (5,820 employed, $127,380 average); and health and personal care services (3,550 employed, $101,560 average). The top paying industry is offices of physicians ($127,380 average, 5,820 employed).

The top three paying states are Alaska ($160,080 average), Connecticut ($154,710), and North Carolina ($143,800).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of optometrists is expected to increase by 24% between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average.

Optometrist Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $40,180 $87,490 $165,590 $96,210
Alaska $103,660 $166,910 NA $176,810
Arizona $51,270 $103,450 $166,090 $102,950
Arkansas $55,380 $103,800 $174,390 $108,770
California $53,090 $100,760 $166,120 $108,220
Colorado $45,760 $87,520 $122,520 $88,500
Connecticut $68,040 $127,270 NA $160,600
Delaware $75,870 $91,670 $147,110 $100,310
Florida $38,580 $97,060 NA $120,860
Georgia $58,710 $94,480 NA $113,060
Hawaii $68,050 $107,660 $146,210 $107,160
Idaho $44,380 $87,480 $144,410 $94,840
Illinois $54,840 $99,980 $146,340 $101,860
Indiana $63,330 $92,270 $182,600 $110,820
Iowa $60,370 $108,950 NA $127,950
Kansas $46,350 $105,840 $176,390 $112,110
Kentucky $47,270 $88,500 $141,270 $92,430
Louisiana $31,750 $83,400 NA $103,810
Maine $75,040 $108,140 NA $121,960
Maryland $34,790 $107,390 $171,040 $102,950
Massachusetts $65,060 $103,810 $141,710 $104,430
Michigan $53,860 $101,850 $162,680 $107,840
Minnesota $53,140 $98,890 $154,280 $106,730
Mississippi $29,310 $107,460 NA $111,370
Missouri $62,420 $86,500 NA $111,930
Montana $45,290 $85,470 $157,660 $95,580
Nebraska $43,850 $91,370 $179,220 $106,780
Nevada $28,650 $85,090 $165,050 $88,840
New Hampshire $42,990 $115,950 $178,180 $116,420
New Jersey $80,910 $104,530 $140,050 $110,040
New Mexico $62,340 $101,430 NA $131,250
New York $73,980 $109,930 NA $124,080
North Carolina $64,910 $114,360 NA $133,790
North Dakota $64,870 $130,160 NA $134,470
Ohio $50,330 $110,060 NA $118,340
Oklahoma $50,460 $99,820 $181,450 $108,000
Oregon $66,220 $95,980 $140,930 $101,910
Pennsylvania $43,750 $103,700 $150,560 $103,870
Rhode Island $100,960 $125,870 $186,740 $138,030
South Carolina $29,630 $88,370 NA $120,710
South Dakota $69,530 $112,370 NA $154,890
Tennessee $41,820 $105,090 $164,500 $104,300
Texas $49,620 $82,020 NA $105,460
Utah $58,790 $104,140 NA $118,050
Vermont $59,670 $97,790 $145,650 $99,270
Virginia $59,260 $110,800 NA $122,190
Washington $59,510 $111,610 NA $134,010
West Virginia $48,480 $81,500 $174,390 $96,180
Wisconsin $45,760 $103,310 $165,790 $106,490
Wyoming $38,610 $81,080 NA $96,890