Information About Optometrists

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Training

Optometrists need first professional degree.

Degrees for Optometrists
Training for Optometrists
Percent
Less than High School 0.1
High School 0.9
Some College 1.0
Associates Degree 0.4
Bachelors Degree 0.9
Masters Degree 1.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 95.7

Employment

Represents about 34,000 people in the United States- 24.6% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 8,000 more optometrists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 20,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, optometrists make $51.79 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $24.80 $34.50 $45.50 $59.60 $88.40
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $14.60 $20.30 $28.60 $40.00 $59.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, optometrists make $107,720 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Optometrists $51,690 $71,880 $94,690 $124,120 $183,980
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $30,500 $42,330 $59,570 $83,330 $124,550
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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