Optometrist Salary Canada

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Average Optometrists’ Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Optometrists.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3121.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: optometrist and doctor of optometry.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $55.04 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest, British Columbia at $40.14 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $75,000 – $95,000.

Employment prospects for optometrists are expected to remain very good in Canada. The government forecasts that an aging population will continue to fuel demand for this profession.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Optometrists in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta(1),(2) 11.17 55.04 266.12 2011
Edmonton – Alberta(1),(2) 18.33 52.81 254.46 2011
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 10.66 40.14 124.11 2011
Winnipeg – Manitoba 24.10 74.60 2010
Fredericton – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia 30.50 50.25 2010
Toronto – Ontario(2) 19.89 50.86 97.93 2011
Ottawa – Ontario(1),(2) 21.29 53.43 97.94 2011
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(2) 19.29 47.28 96.97 2011
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1),(2) 21.29 53.43 97.94 2011
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec(1),(2) 22.47 51.30 71.20 2011
Saskatoon and Rural West – Saskatchewan

Methodology

Examples of optometrists’ duties:
›› Examining and testing clients’ eyes and vision
›› Prescribing treatment (excluding surgery) to conserve, improve and correct vision and other ocular disorders
›› Prescribing and fitting eyeglasses and contact lenses
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes optometrists, is $37.88. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1435, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $75,000.

Licensing

Licensing by the provincial or territorial regulatory governing body is required for this occupation.

Visa

Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

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