Larger Salary?

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  1. sistermike

    sistermike Senior Member
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    Ok I am not thinking of becoming an optometrist but just curious about something... do optometrists that work for wal-mart make more than a private priactice? I would think so because its a department store and can afford to pay their optometrists a whole hell lot of money.
     
  2. TomOD

    TomOD Senior Member
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    From Review of Optometry Nov 15,2000 - 14th Annual Optometric Income Survey:

    OD average net income was $121,923 (a little highter in 2001).

    "Private practice doctors lead the pack with average net earnings of $121,158 while employeed OD's report average net of $103,190." Private OD's with >10 yrs experience averaged $126,860. OD's in Group practices average around $150,000.

    As will all jobs, income can vary widely from $25,000(residency) to $500,000 (go-getter).

    Avg by year:
    1997- $105,000
    1998- $110,323
    1999- $114,389
    2000- $121,932
     
  3. rpames

    rpames Optometrist
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    Basically you will make more the first couple of years working for a chain store, but that levels off. A private OD make more money after a couple years plus has more respect right out of school!!!
     

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