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OD Salary (again)

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by ariel winter, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. ariel winter

    ariel winter Senior Member
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    hello all. i know this topic has been discussed at length already (belive me, i have practically read through all the posts from the beginning, hehe); however, i still could not find a satisfactory answer (if there is one). what is the average salary of an optometrist (not taking into account what kind of practice, just an AVERAGE of all optometrists in the US)?

    thanks! :)
     
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  3. gioiarioia

    gioiarioia SCO Class of 2010
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    The U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics says:

    Median annual earnings of salaried optometrists were $86,090 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,030 and $115,550. Median annual earnings of salaried optometrists in 2002 were $87,070 in offices of other health practitioners. Salaried optometrists tend to earn more initially than do optometrists who set up their own independent practice. In the long run, however, those in private practice usually earn more.

    According to the American Optometric Association, median net annual income for all optometrists, including the self-employed, was $110,000 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $82,500 and $156,500.​


    This, obviously, is only for US Optometrists.
     

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