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

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta(1),(2)11.1755.04266.122011
Edmonton – Alberta(1),(2)18.3352.81254.462011
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 10.6640.14124.112011
Winnipeg – Manitoba 24.10 74.602010
Fredericton – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia 30.5050.252010
Toronto – Ontario(2)19.8950.8697.932011
Ottawa – Ontario(1),(2)21.2953.4397.942011
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(2)19.2947.2896.972011
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1),(2)21.2953.4397.942011
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec(1),(2)22.4751.3071.202011
Saskatoon and Rural West – Saskatchewan


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


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

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