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May 27, 2011
What Does an Optometrist Get Paid in New Jersey?

What are the job responsibilities of an Optometrist? What does an individual in this position get paid in New Jersey?

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Here is the position summary for Optometrist as found in BLR’s Salary Finder:

Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

In New Jersey, the midpoint of salaries reported for the position (50th percentile) is $106,492. The 75th percentile (the rate below which 75% of salary data falls) is $128,236. The 25th percentile (the rate below which 25% of the data falls) is $92,223.

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How much should you pay an Optometrist?

Compensation.BLR.com, a leading provider of compensation data, scores this job as exempt (not entitled to overtime). According to Compensation.BLR.com's rate ranges, grade 38 has a minimum of $70,130. The midpoint is $93,507, and the maximum is $116,884.

How much should an employer be paying an Optometrist in New Jersey? It depends on many factors, but the most important are the experience and skills of the employee or applicant. Answer these questions: How much experience does he or she have? How highly skilled is he or she? Then, use the table below. Interpolate as necessary.

Applicant's Skills and Experience
 BeginnerCompetentExpert
Salary Survey    
National
$71,190
$96,140
$126,110
New Jersey
$92,223
$106,492
$128,236
    
Rate Range (Grade 38)
National
$70,130
$93,507
$116,884
New Jersey
$81,827
$109,103
$136,379
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