Originally Posted by luckyfeet
I don't know about all this but the three optometrists I shadowed (graduated in 2010 from SUNY, Puerto Rico, & NECO) respectively take home 85,000$$ or above so I guess there are MANY factors that go into it but don't get turned off by optometry bc SDN is not so accurate.
America's Best, Cohen's, VisionWorks, etc all pay new grads b/w 80K and 105K. The income cited is only half the story. If they're in respectable private practice positions (which I doubt unless you hand picked them), then that's great - there should be more of that going around. If they're in a commercial mill, it really says nothing other than proving what is obvious; that commercial optometry has become the primary landing spot for new OD grads.
No one is saying that there are absolutely no respectable jobs for new grads. There are some, remember the lifeboat analogy? There are a few spots, but thousands upon thousands of current and future new grads. They'll all be trying to get onto the same small lifeboat. That comparison holds true. A few income quotes really doesn't change anything anymore than me coming on here discussing a few ODs who work in a dingy box somewhere. It's about the big picture of optometry, not the individual.