Optometrist Salary Canada

Untitled 1

The average optometrist salary is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. Optometrists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The averageoptometrist’s salary varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the optometrists reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year.

Socialized Medicine

In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Optometrists Median Hourly






23.5766 CAD

49.2957 CAD

68.4798 CAD

United States










41,259.32 CAD

86,268.42 CAD

127,172.64 CAD

United States




The lowest paid Optometrist earns less than $41,500 CAD per year. The highest average salary for an optometrist in Canada is over $127,000 CAD.  Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas.  The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.  

Top 5 Provinces

The top paying Canadian provinces or territories to earn a Optometrist salary are Fredericton-New Brunswick, Stratford-Bruce Peninsula-Ontario, Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia, and Winnipeg-Manitoba.

Other Industries that Employ Opticians

Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, Management of companies and enterprises, and other ambulatory care centers also employ these professionals.

Employment Data

There are approximately 3000 Optometrists working in Canadaaccording to the University of Waterloo.

Where They Work

Of all the Optometrists employed in Canada the majority of them work in the offices of other healthcare practitioners such as ophthalmologists, physicians and other healthcare providers. Health and personal care stores, outpatient care centers and the federal government also employ optometrists.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year