Originally Posted by Shnurek
Are the going rates that high in the South? I know NYC sucks for optometry but gdam.
You can't generalize a going rate for an entire region. There's plenty of saturated markets throughout the south like Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Birmingham, just to name a few where your quoted figure would be average or even generous. The key is to find a practice (usually commercial) that's very busy and negotiate compensation based on a percentage of exam fees. I've never seen anybody offer a flat four figure rate just for showing up.
Also, Ryan makes a good point...there's going to come a time in your life where you can't put a price on your free time.