New Zealand Optometrist Salaries

Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications. Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.

Optometrists are registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board and an annual practising certificate is required.

As at 31 March 2019, there are currently 931 optometrists registered in New Zealand with current practising certificates.

The Bachelor of Optometry four year degree at The University of Auckland is the only programme offered in New Zealand that is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

Graduate optometrists start with a salary of around $60,000 to $70,000. After several years’ experience earnings typically range between $85,000 and $115,000.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $65,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Optometrist Salaries / Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Senior Optometrist100,000+Auckland
Senior Optometrist75,000 – 90,000Auckland
Optometrist70,000 – 85,000Auckland
Optometrist36 – 43 per hourAuckland
Junior Optometrist60,000 – 65,000Auckland
Senior Optometrist85,000 – 105,000Wellington
Experienced Optometrist75,000 – 95,000Wellington
Optometrist70,000 – 95,000Christchurch
Senior Optometrist85,000 – 105,000Christchurch

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