How is the pay for Optometrists?

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I seriously want to know, will I have a good living from this career and be able to progress in terms of salary? Will I be able to live comfortably without many financial problems?

I ask because anyone in my family will end up saying "oh no do medicine or dentistry, the pay is better" but is it seriously worth it if I don't think I'll enjoy those careers? Is the money really that much better in those professions? Also, how are the stress levels compared to Medicine/Dentistry?

I know I shouldn't be letting what they say get to my head but it sort of is, and now I have all these questions. If any of you have a considerable amount of knowledge on Optometry, study it, or work as an Optometrist could you please let me know. Thank you
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The pay can be very good, especially if you locum.

It is more than enough to live comfortably
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I seriously want to know, will I have a good living from this career and be able to progress in terms of salary? Will I be able to live comfortably without many financial problems?

I ask because anyone in my family will end up saying "oh no do medicine or dentistry, the pay is better" but is it seriously worth it if I don't think I'll enjoy those careers? Is the money really that much better in those professions? Also, how are the stress levels compared to Medicine/Dentistry?

I know I shouldn't be letting what they say get to my head but it sort of is, and now I have all these questions. If any of you have a considerable amount of knowledge on Optometry, study it, or work as an Optometrist could you please let me know. Thank you
Literally the first result https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/optometrist

Your salary will vary, depending on whether you're working for in a community practice or for the National Health Service (NHS).

Community practice
  • There's no set minimum salary for the pre-registration year in community practice, but most employers pay at least the National Living Wage (if you're 25 or over) or the National Minimum Wage (if you're under 25), which is around £14,000. Many employers in community practice pay additional expenses such as course costs and Scheme for Registration fees.
  • Starting salaries for newly qualified optometrists are typically around £25,000, depending on your employer and location.
  • With experience you can earn from around £28,000 to in excess of £65,000. Earnings for company directors, partners and sole practitioners depend on business performance.

Salaries depend upon supply and demand, so you may earn more in areas where there are fewer optometrists. Additional benefits can include commission, bonus, a company car and discounted eyewear.

NHS
  • Jobs in the NHS as a hospital optometrist are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rates consisting of nine pay bands. Typical salaries for the pre-registration year start at £20,150 (band 4) but you'll need to meet course costs and Scheme for Registration fees yourself.
  • Once qualified, you can earn between £28,050 and £36,644 (band 6).
  • Salaries for specialist optometrists can go up to £43,041 (band 7) with salaries for consultant optometrists rising to £85,333 (band 8c/8d).

Income figures are intended as a guide only.
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