Optometrists earn an average salary of £36,900 or £19.99 per hour, with bonus, commission and profit-sharing of up to £1,986, £875 and £1,000 respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Optometrists
The entry-level, years of experience and the average salary for Optometrists are as follow:
Entry-level Optometrists with less than one-year experience earn £30,846 (bonus, overtime pay, and tips are included).
Early-career Optometrists with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn £34,824.
Mid-career Optometrists with 5-9 years of experience will pocket £40,809.
Experienced Optometrists with 10-19 years of experience will make £42,257.
Late career Optometrists with more than twenty years’ experience can look forward to a total average of £44,561 compensation.
Essential Skills for Optometrists
Optometry, Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Service, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are some of the most popular skills for Optometrists.
How Become an Optometrist?
Anyone with a degree can become an optometrist, but optometrists must have the equivalent of a medical degree, not just a high school diploma. The London School of Optometry offers an undergraduate diploma in Optometry. It can be completed in as little as three years.
What Do Optometrists Do?
The role of the optometrist, as it is currently defined in the NHS is to provide vision and vision correction for those people who suffer from vision or visual impairment due to eye disease.
Additionally, optometrists should also be able to advise and guide their patients on the best diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices for eye disease prevention and management of such vision or vision disorders.
In addition, optometrists should also be able to provide treatments such as glasses and contact lenses and provide medication advice for the patients of those eye diseases.
The optometrists will also be involved in evaluating the lifestyle, diet, and exercise of the patient.