What is the average starting optometrist salary?

As of 2010, the average starting optometrist salary is approximately $78,000 per year. Once an optometrist gets about five years of experience in the industry, she can expect her salary to rise to about $93,000 per year. The average salary for all optometrists is about $105,000 per year. The salary for an optometrist will depend on whether she works for a clinic or opens her own private practice. If an optometrist decides to open a private practice, she could make substantially more over the long term, but it could take some time to develop a clientele.