|Quick Facts: Optometrists|
$124,300 per year
$59.76 per hour
|Doctoral or professional degree|
|10% (Faster than average)|
Optometrists diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes.
Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. Optometrists may also work in doctors’ offices and optical goods stores, and some are self-employed. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ needs.
Optometrists typically need a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and a license to practice in a particular state. O.D. programs take 4 years to complete, and most students have a bachelor’s degree before entering such a program.
The median annual wage for optometrists was $124,300 in May 2021.
Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 1,700 openings for optometrists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for optometrists.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of optometrists with similar occupations.
Learn more about optometrists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.