Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for optometrists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 35,141 optometrists currently employed in the United States.
  • 74.1% of all optometrists are women, while 25.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed optometrist is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of optometrists is White (72.9%), followed by Asian (17.1%), Hispanic or Latino (5.2%) and Unknown (3.0%).
  • Optometrists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Greensboro, NC pays an annual average wage of $212,018, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 86% of what men earned.
  • West Virginia is the best state for optometrists to live.
  • Optometrists are 82% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Optometrist Statistics By Gender

74.1% of optometrists are women and 25.9% of optometrists are men.

  • Female, 74.1%
  • Male, 25.9%

Optometrists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female74.1%
Male25.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Optometrist

Women Earn 86¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$98,072
female-income
Female Income
$84,663

Optometrist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the optometrist position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Optometrist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201032.11%67.89%
201137.94%62.06%
201233.88%66.12%
201332.67%67.33%
201431.20%68.80%
201530.12%69.88%
201634.45%65.55%
201728.06%71.94%
201825.16%74.84%
201927.98%72.02%
202027.62%72.38%
202125.86%74.14%

Optometrist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Optometrist26%74%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Optometrist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among optometrists is White, which makes up 72.9% of all optometrists. Comparatively, there are 17.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 5.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 72.9%
  • Asian, 17.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 5.2%
  • Unknown, 3.0%
  • Black or African American, 1.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Optometrist Race

Optometrist RacePercentages
White72.9%
Asian17.1%
Hispanic or Latino5.2%
Unknown3.0%
Black or African American1.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.4%

Optometrist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among optometrists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Optometrist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201078.28%1.88%12.65%4.81%
201182.03%2.21%9.03%4.75%
201279.11%1.89%11.28%5.57%
201381.63%1.88%10.26%4.82%
201477.06%1.88%16.04%3.60%
201576.45%2.11%14.51%4.79%
201682.38%1.29%10.37%4.21%
201776.28%1.28%15.68%4.83%
201874.82%1.91%15.72%5.86%
201975.03%2.67%16.09%3.77%
202073.65%1.74%17.32%3.81%
202172.90%1.43%17.09%5.20%

Optometrist Wage Gap By Race

Asian optometrists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown optometrists have the lowest average salary at $95,360.
$102,000
$100,000
$98,000
$96,000
$94,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$95,360
White$101,260
Black or African American$95,418
Asian$101,320
Hispanic or Latino$97,186

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Average Age of an Optometrist

We determined the average age of optometrists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Optometrist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
White49.539
Asian4739
Hispanic or Latino37.5

Optometrist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of optometrist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of optometrists is 40+ years old, which represents 59% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Optometrist Age

Optometrist YearsPercentages
40+ years59%
30-40 years33%
20-30 years7%

Types of Optometrist Degree Levels

The most common degree for optometrists is bachelor's degree 36% of optometrists earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 26% and rounding it off is associate degree with 13%.

  • Bachelors, 36%
  • Doctorate, 26%
  • Associate, 13%
  • High School Diploma, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 14%

Optometrists By Education

Optometrist DegreePercentages
Bachelors36%
Doctorate26%
Associate13%
High School Diploma11%
Other Degrees14%

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Optometrist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where optometrists work. We found most optometrists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most optometrists is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire optometrists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Optometrist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees14%
50 - 100 employees23%
100 - 500 employees26%
500 - 1,000 employees6%
1,000 - 10,000 employees20%
> 10,000 employees12%

The Types Of Companies Optometrist Work In

Employees with the optometrist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most optometrists prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Optometrist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education9%
Public7%
Private82%
Government3%

Top Industries Hiring Optometrists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ optometrists. Those industries include health care, retail and education.

Health Care

Retail

Education

Professional

Non Profits

Optometrist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Optometrist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of optometrists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Optometrist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearOptometrist Unemployment Rate
20100.26%
20110.27%
20120.51%
20130.51%
20140.00%
20150.00%
20160.23%
20170.00%
20180.00%
20190.18%
20201.92%
20211.30%

The Average Number of Years That Optometrist Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,847 optometrists resumes, we figured out that the average optometrist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Optometrist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year23%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years16%
8-10 years6%
11+ years11%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Optometrists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to optometrists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Speech-Language Pathology Internship5.69%72,220
Baby Doctor9.88%1,178
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician11.62%6,831
Educational Therapist13.00%23,538
Anesthesiologist And Critical Care13.05%68,091
Optometrist17.57%-
Nurse Anesthetist31.64%62,419

Optometrist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Speech-Language Pathology Internship5.69%72,220
Baby Doctor9.88%1,178
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician11.62%6,831
Educational Therapist13.00%23,538
Anesthesiologist And Critical Care13.05%68,091
Nurse Anesthetist31.64%62,419

Foreign Languages Spoken By Optometrists

The most common foreign language among optometrists is Spanish at 58.3%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Vietnamese at 5.3% and French is the third-most popular at 5.3%.

  • Spanish, 58.3%
  • Vietnamese, 5.3%
  • French, 5.3%
  • Hindi, 4.0%
  • Urdu, 3.3%
  • Other, 23.8%

Optometrist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish58.3%
Vietnamese5.3%
French5.3%
Hindi4.0%
Urdu3.3%
Other23.8%

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Where Do Optometrists Earn The Most?

Optometrists earn the most in North Carolina, where the average optometrist salary is $177,597. The map here shows where optometrists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Optometrists In High Demand?

Optometrists are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 48 job openings for optometrists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country optometrists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Optometrist Demographics FAQs

How Many Optometrist Are There In The Us?

There are over 35,141 Optometrists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Optometrists Are Black?

1.4% of Optometrists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Optometrists?

Most an are White, with 72.9% of Optometrists belonging to this ethnicity. 17.1% of Optometrists are Asian, 5.2% of Optometrists are Hispanic or Latino, 3.0% of Optometrists are Unknown, 1.4% of Optometrists are Black or African American, and 0.4% of Optometrists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Optometrist Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Optometrist jobs are not male - dominated. 74% of Optometrists are female, and 25% are male, so there are more female Optometrists than male Optometrists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Optometrist?

The average Optometrist is 45 years old. 59% of Optometrists are 40+ years old or older, 33% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 7% are between 20-30 years old

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