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Optometrists

Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $74.94
Statewide median: $24.25

 

This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.


Wages for Optometrists *

Area Low Median High
U S
$48.42 $62.70 $77.89
Minnesota
$59.49 $74.94 $81.82
Central Minnesota
$58.40 $68.16 $80.76
Northeast Minnesota
$52.67 $56.82 $73.79
Northwest Minnesota
$52.97 $63.50 $78.80
Southeast Minnesota
$66.38 $78.44 $78.44
Southwest Minnesota
$51.48 $68.66 $80.07
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$63.72 $75.83 $82.03

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 870 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Optometrists most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in moderate demand.

 

Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 278 new Optometrists to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Optometrists
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 43,300 47,200 3,900 9%
Minnesota 730 782 52 7.1%
Central Minnesota 111 120 9 8.1%
Northeast Minnesota 34 36 2 5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 54 56 2 3.7%
Southeast Minnesota 45 47 2 4.4%
Southwest Minnesota 21 22 1 4.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 502 538 36 7.2%


Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.