Optometrist earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level optometrist earnings begin at:

$92.50 per hour

$192,390 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level optometrist earnings begin at:

$68.14 per hour

$141,730 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level optometrist earnings begin at:

$59.76 per hour

$124,300 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level optometrist earnings begin at:

$46.27 per hour

$96,230 per year

10th percentile

Starting level optometrist earnings begin at:

$29.61 per hour

$61,590 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Optometrist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Florida $99,510
Utah $99,510
West Virginia $97,480
Rhode Island $96,790
South Carolina $95,540
Idaho $78,280
Puerto Rico $42,760
District of Columbia $157,320
Maryland $134,900
New Jersey $130,840
North Carolina $130,070
Alaska $129,650
New York $129,520
Arizona $128,690
Connecticut $128,320
California $128,190
Massachusetts $128,020
Nevada $127,640
North Dakota $127,610
Colorado $127,520
Minnesota $127,340
Hawaii $127,270
Oregon $127,240
Wyoming $127,240
Maine $126,520
Missouri $126,000
Wisconsin $125,580
Michigan $124,300
Georgia $124,090
Nebraska $123,360
Pennsylvania $121,580
Washington $121,570
New Hampshire $121,530
Vermont $121,070
Mississippi $120,910
Virginia $120,740
Indiana $120,400
Texas $118,800
Illinois $116,260
Louisiana $106,010
Delaware $105,060
Iowa $102,790
New Mexico $102,650
South Dakota $102,510
Kentucky $102,280
Alabama $102,190
Ohio $102,000
Kansas $101,680
Oklahoma $101,370
Arkansas $101,340
Tennessee $100,730
Montana $100,230

How do optometrist salaries compare to similar careers?

Optometrists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than dentists but more than nurse practitioners.

Career Median Salary
Dentist salary $160K
Prosthodontist salary $101K
Pharmacist salary $129K
Optometrist salary $124K
Health services manager salary $101K
Anesthesiologist assistant salary $122K
Physician assistant salary $122K
Nurse practitioner salary $121K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)