Optometrists

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2019 Workforce
41.1k
Average Age
45.3
Estimated Job Growth
4.28%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$115,843
Average Male Salary
$132,996
Average Female Salary
$95,757

About

Optometrists are most often employed by the Offices of optometrists industry. The average yearly wage for Optometrists was $115,843 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Optometrists by wage are Aerospace engineers, Physician assistants, and Financial analysts.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Optometrists are Huntington Beach City PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Optometrists are Huntington Beach City PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Optometrists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Offices of optometrists is the industry that employs the most Optometrists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Optometrists, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Optometrists are paid most in Shelby County PUMA, AL but are relatively concentrated in Huntington Beach City PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$115,843
AVERAGE SALARY
± $10,014

In 2019, Optometrists earned an average of $115,843, $60,319 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Aerospace engineers make somewhat more than Optometrists while Physician assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Optometrists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.346
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Optometrists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.346, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Optometrists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Optometrists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Optometrists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Optometrists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Optometrists, by number of employees, are Offices of optometrists, Health & personal care, except drug, stores , and Offices of physicians.

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Industries by Share

41.1k
2019 Workforce
± 4,978
9.48%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16%

The number of people employed as Optometrists has been growing at a rate of 9.48%, from 37,559 people in 2018 to 41,118 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Optometrists employed by various industries. Offices of optometrists employs the largest share of Optometrists at  78.8%, followed by Health & personal care, except drug, stores  with 4.91% and Offices of physicians with 3.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Optometrists in the US. The average age of male Optometrists in the workforce is 49.6 and of female Optometrists is 40.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Optometrists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

22.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,656
18.9k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,379

53.9% of Optometrists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Optometrists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Optometrists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

74.1% of Optometrists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.2% of Optometrists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Optometrists.

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Age by Gender

49.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.23
40.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.81

The median age of Optometrists is 45.3, and Male employees are generally 9.31 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Optometrists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Optometrists is Biology but a relatively high number of Optometrists hold a major in Biology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Optometrists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Optometrists need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Critical Thinking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Optometrists need more than the average amount of Science, Operation and Control, and Management of Material Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Optometrists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Optometrists are expected to see a growth of 4.28% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

4.28%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Optometrists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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