Salary for Optometrists

Also known as:  Doctor of Optometry, Optometrist

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Optometrists are health practicioners who focus on the human eye and vision. They conduct exams of the eye and prescribe glasses, contact lenses, patches, or vision therapy to correct vision problems. They may remove foreign objects from the eye, and depending on state laws and regulations, can prescribe medicines for diseases and illnesses of the eyes. These professionals may assist individuals undergoing eye surgery in pre-and post-surgery therapy scenarios. If further medical treatment is necessary than what these professionals are capable of providing, they may refer patients to opthamologists or other medical professionals. A doctoral or professional degree and licensing are necessary for this occupation.

An Optometrist usually gets salaries between 80000 - 120000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Optometrists will normally receive a compensation of One Hundred Seven Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.

Optometrists have the highest salaries in Louisiana, where they earn average wages of just about $142550. These employees can make the most money in Retail Trade, where they earn average wages of $108670.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 11.19 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Optometrists tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $108,670
Retail Trade $102,170
Manufacturing $90,880
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $89,110
Educational Services $85,390
Other Services (except Public Administration) $71,690
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $69,130
Other Services (except Public Administration) $71,690
Educational Services $85,390
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $89,110
Manufacturing $90,880
Retail Trade $102,170
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