Aug 12, 2020
  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
I am interested in applying to optometry schools this cycle. I am doing research on the career outlook and salary and seem to be getting mixed reviews. I wanted to ask how the future of optometry is looking. Is it still a great field to get into? What is the average salary of an optometrist? I don't want to do another 4 years of schooling and get into additional debt if I won't guarantee to make at least 100k. Would really appreciate additional insight on this field.


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Jan 7, 2018
The private practice I work at hires newly graduating ODs at around 130K. We go to career fair regularly for recruitment. This is only in NY tho, I cannot speak for others. The catch is we need ODs who can speak a specific language.


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Jun 3, 2015
  1. Pre-Optometry
Im in Arizona and many corporate companies hire new grades at ~125k salary.
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Aug 2, 2011
  1. Optometrist
Corporate: $100-$130K

Poorly run private practice owner: $0-$100K

Busy / successful private practice owner: $200-$500K
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Mar 24, 2005
Once your pay off your loans, have your house and cars and financial'll realize that the money it's the most important thing.

Finding something you enjoy is way more of a reward than the money. The money should be a by product of doing something you enjoy in life. Sadly, most people never get past the sentence that I mentioned and never really fully enjoy their jobs (not talking optos, but just people in society).

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