Thursday, June 16, 2022

Optometrist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest occupational employment figures estimated that more than 38,700 optometrists were working in the United States as of May 2021.  At that time, an estimated 7,950 optometrists were employed in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S region. BLS data shows the region to be a relatively poor one for optometrist pay.  Although having three states (Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina) that ranked among the dozen best states in the country for optometrist annual mean wages, nine of twelve Southeastern states were below the national average for that optometrist pay metric.  Moreover, those nine states were home to over 80% of the region's employed optometrists.  A closer look into BLS data from May 2021 details the following about optometrist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Optometrist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Optometrist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 470 $120,380 29th
AR 270 $114,070 36th
FL 2,310 $107,200 44th
GA 940 $124,830 24th
KY 380 $124,650 25th
LA 250 $138,520 5th
MS 220 $133,570 11th
NC 1,010 $141,140 4th
SC 360 $101,050 48th
TN 430 $113,370 37th
VA 1,170 $123,340 26th
WV 140 $105,210 47th
U.S. 38,720 $125,440 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 11, 2022

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