Income from Optometry

The Research & Information Center publishes an Income from Optometry report derived from the annual Survey of Optometric Practice. This report focuses on the analysis of net income and annual gross billings of owner optometrists in private or corporate practice. Net income for non-owner doctors of optometry is also reported where the number of responses is large enough to allow for reliable statistical analysis.

Contents include:

  • Average net income from primary practice
  • Gross billings
  • Gross receipts collected
  • Sources of gross billings
  • Practice expenses

Reports available from the Survey include:

Report Pages Style Tables and Figures Years Available
Executive Summary 4 Brief Summary 5 2017
Detailed Analysis Report 143 Limited Narrative 274 2016 and 2017

Executive Summary. This free publication is available for immediate download in PDF format and provides an overall summary of key results from the annual survey.

Detailed Analysis Report. This detailed comprehensive report employs limited narrative and includes tabulations and graphics for further statistical analysis. By utilizing cross tabulation, it enables the user to monitor trends in the profession specific to his or her practice characteristics, including practice type, age, years in practice, hours worked, employment situation, gender, and U.S. Census Region. This report is available as a PDF download for purchase through the AOA Marketplace at

         View the Detailed Analysis Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures and Introduction