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    Report says optometrists have ‘surprisingly low’ salaries

    According to a report from Business Insider, optometry tops the list of prestigious professions with surprisingly low pay.

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    The report used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics on the mean salary of full-time civilian workers in various fields that are traditionally considered to be prestigious and generally require advanced degrees.

    “Some of these gigs, like being an architect or an optometrist, pay well below what you might expect,” the authors write.

    Topping that list was optometry, where the average annual salary is $111,640.

    “(Optometrists) perform eye exams and make just a fraction as much as some medical professionals,” the authors write. “For comparison, the average physician earns $191,880 a year, and dentists, who undergo a similar amount of training, earn $168,870.”

    Which other professions made the list?

    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...

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