Optometrist Career Information : Optometrist Salary

Optometrist Career Information : Optometrist Salary


Well, how much does an optometrist make? Well
an optometrist’s salary is really dependent and varied on the places in which they work.
So some of the places which optometrists can work can be in a hospital setting, like an
HMO, they can be in a private practice where you’re essentially your own boss. You can
be in a group practice where you have multiple optometrists working together. Some optometrists
are employed by surgeons called ophthalmologists. Some optometrists choose to work in a more
retail setting and there are other optometrists that choose to work within the industry, and
so they work as consultants to contact lens manufacturers or lens manufacturers. And so
because there’s a wide range of jobs optometrists can carry, the salary range is pretty wide
too. So that range is usually somewhere between eighty thousand to a hundred and fifty thousand
dollars a year. Now most optometrists, when they first get their foot in the door, their
salary is at the lower end of that range until they’ve entered the profession and have been
there for awhile and their earning potential goes up. Obviously optometrists that work
in private practices or group practices may have a higher ceiling, relative to other optometrists
that work within a hospital system. The field is definitely growing because of the aging
population here in the States. You know the need for vision care will always be there
and so therefore the need for optometrists will continue to grow.

7 thoughts on “Optometrist Career Information : Optometrist Salary

  1. @StayAwayFromAnOD OD's provide a much needed clinical service and can make a great living. Tthe demand for vision care will only increase as the baby boomer generation ages. While future healthcare delivery models will make it tougher for some vision care providers, I believe much of this will be offset by the increased demand. I do agree that it can be tough to practice in a commerical setting, but I've also met a number of OD's who have done well in that setting.

  2. @StayAwayFromAnOD OD's provide a much needed clinical service and can make a great living. Tthe demand for vision care will only increase as the baby boomer generation ages. While future healthcare delivery models will make it tougher for some vision care providers, I believe much of this will be offset by the increased demand. I do agree that it can be tough to practice in a commerical setting, but I've also met a number of OD's who have done well in that setting.

  3. True.  The aging population does need more optometric help, but he does not say how remuneration per patient will continue to spiral downward due to vision plans paying less and less.

  4. 4 years pre -med B.S.must have 3.5 GPA or better. 4 Years, optometry, little to no summer time off. $ 200,000 in debt by graduation. First paycheck at age 26-27years of age. There is no shortage of optometrists. There is competition with cut rate eyeglass warehouses. Most ODs are self employed, so no: paid vacations, holidays, sick days, retirement plans. If you are smart enough to get into optometry school, you can figure out it is not worth the expense and agony.

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