Salary for Optometrists

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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.

A Optometrist can receive an average pay level of between $60,750 to $195,810 depending on the level of experience. will normally get a salary of one hundred and twenty-five thousand four hundred and fourty dollars per year.

are compensated highest in District of Columbia, where they can earn compensation, on average, of near $189,750. These people are compensated the highest in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has normal pay levels of $136,470.

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INDUSTRIES

Optometrists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$136,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$127,380
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$122,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$121,890
Retail Trade
$119,810
Educational Services
$114,850

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
$82,510
Educational Services
$114,850
Retail Trade
$119,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$121,890
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$122,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$127,380