Locums Boost Your Eye Doctor Salary

An Eye Doctor salary can change depending on many factors, but the easiest way to increase it is through locum tenens.

Employment of eye doctors is estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by about 9% between present day and 2030. While the state with the highest volume of optometrists is Rhode Island, the state that employs the most optometrists is California. Permanently employed eye doctors make about $60.31 per hour, while locum optometrists make up to 84% more depending on location, years of experience, and levels of demand.

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    Locum Eye Doctor Salary FAQs

  • What is the yearly average salary for Optometrists?

    • The yearly average eye doctor salary for permanently employed Optometrists is $124,300.

  • What is the starting salary for a Locum Optometrist?

    • Depending on location and demand, Locum Optometrist starting rates can be as much as 50.6% higher than the national average hourly rate for Optometrists.

  • How much do Locum Optometrists earn per hour?

    • Locum Tenens Optometrists can make upwards of $100 per hour, depending on factors that impact rates, including location, years of experience, and demand.

  • What is the difference in average salary in 2022 for Locum Optometrists compared to 2020?

    • Barton Associates’ Locum Optometrists earn on average 5% more in 2022 than they did in 2020.

  • Where do Locum Tenens Optometrists make the highest average salary in the United States?

    • Barton’s Locum Optometrists tend to earn the highest eye doctor salary in Oklahoma, where their rates can earn them up to 84% more than permanently employed Optometrists.

Go Locum, Earn More


Find out how much more you could make as a locum eye doctor using Barton’s Locum Tenens Salary Tool.

*Actual rates may vary based on experience, location, and other factors. Contact your recruiter for more information. Calculations based on Barton Associates data, and publicly available data from the following sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ziprecruiter.com.


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We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

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Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



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