What Are The Training Requirements for Optometrists?

Optometrists need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Optometrists
Typical education of Optometrists
Percent
Less than High School 0.0
High School 0.0
Some College 0.0
Associates Degree 0.0
Bachelors Degree 0.0
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 98.2

What Is the Employment Outlook for Optometrists?

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 11,000 more optometrists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 25,000 more.

This career includes 40,000 people in the United States.

How Much Do Optometrists Make?

On average, optometrists make $56.53 per hour or $117,580 per year in the United States.

What Is the Typical Hourly Income for Optometrists?

Hourly income for Optometrists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $25.39 $39.17 $51.03 $64.99 $92.33
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

What Is the Typical Annual Salary for Optometrists?

Annual salary for Optometrists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $52,810 $81,480 $106,140 $135,180 $192,050
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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