Information About Optometrists

Training Requirements for Optometrists

Optometrists need doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Optometrists
Training for Optometrists
Percent
Less than High School 0.0
High School 0.0
Some College 0.0
Associates Degree 0.0
Bachelors Degree 0.0
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 98.2

Employment outlook for Optometrists

Represents about 40,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 11,000 more optometrists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 25,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, optometrists make $56.53 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $25.39 $39.17 $51.03 $64.99 $92.33
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, optometrists make $117,580 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $52,810 $81,480 $106,140 $135,180 $192,050
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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