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How Much Does an Optometrist Earn In The United States?

Optometrist Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$231,000
$135,000
$231,000
$395,000
Optometrists in the United States make an average salary of $231,509 per year or $111.3 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $135,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $395,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, and Minnesota provide the highest optometrist salaries.
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Where Optometrists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where optometrists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Optometrists Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an optometrist is roughly $231,509 per year, which boils down to $111.3 per hour. Interestingly enough, optometrists have the highest salaries in Rochester, MN at about $233,731 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Rochester, MN is $126,000. Additionally, optometrists make more than the average salary in Appleton, WI, Columbia, SC, Colorado Springs, CO, Chicago, IL, and Mesa, AZ. On a more broad level, optometrist salaries are highest in Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Hawaii. On the contrary, Oregon, Louisiana, and Georgia offer the lowest optometrist salaries.
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1. Rochester, MN
$233,731
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k
2. Appleton, WI
$220,861
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k
3. Columbia, SC
$215,774
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k
4. Colorado Springs, CO
$205,568
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k
5. Chicago, IL
$203,243
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k
6. Mesa, AZ
$197,947
Avg. Salary
$121k
$323k

High Paying Optometrist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Optometrists The Most?

To earn a high income as an optometrist, working for Mass. Eye and Ear, Main Campus or The Children's Hospital Corporation might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Nationwide Vision and Northwell Health report highly competitive wages for optometrists.
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Optometrist Salary History

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    Recently Added Optometrist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    National Vision
    National Vision
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $114,785
    $114,785
    03/31/2021
    Optometrist (Clinical)-Esep/Mp
    Optometrist (Clinical)-Esep/Mp
    Gallup, NM
    Gallup, NM
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $91,997
    $91,997
    03/29/2021
    Optometrist (Clinical)
    Optometrist (Clinical)
    Pine, AZ
    Pine, AZ
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $91,997
    $91,997
    03/29/2021
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Eagle Butte, SD
    Eagle Butte, SD
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $109,600
    $109,600
    03/29/2021
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Elko, NV
    Elko, NV
    03/28/2021
    03/28/2021
    $60,000
    $60,000
    03/28/2021
    Optometrist-Flexible Schedule)
    Optometrist-Flexible Schedule)
    Des Moines, IA
    Des Moines, IA
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $125,000
    $125,000
    03/27/2021
    Private Practice
    Private Practice
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $120,000
    $120,000
    03/27/2021
    Mobile Optometrist)
    Mobile Optometrist)
    Woburn, MA
    Woburn, MA
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $125,000
    $125,000
    03/27/2021
    Optometrist-OD
    Optometrist-OD
    Charlotte, NC
    Charlotte, NC
    03/27/2021
    03/27/2021
    $175,000
    $175,000
    03/27/2021
    Hero Practice Services
    Hero Practice Services
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Optometrist
    Pueblo, CO
    Pueblo, CO
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $130,000
    $130,000
    03/24/2021