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 Montreal – Quebec at $52.04 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $85,000 – $105,000.

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

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Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Edmonton – Alberta(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(1)(2) 37.80 69.68 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Fredericton – New Brunswick(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Toronto – Ontario(1)(2) 44.52 92.03 2016
Ottawa – Ontario(1),(2) 44.52 92.03 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1),(2) 44.52 92.03 2016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario(1),(2) 44.52 92.03 2016
Prince Edward Island(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016
Montreal – Quebec(1),(2) 52.04 89.97 2016
Saskatoon and Rural West – Saskatchewan(3),(2) 44.16 86.08 2016

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 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes optometrists, is $43.74. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,600, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $83,000.

Licensing

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

Visa

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

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