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At present, optometrists are in short-supply in many parts of the country and there is effectively full employment for optometrists in Australia. Salaries for optometry graduates are among the highest in the country.
In 2011, salaries for new graduates ranged between approximately $70,000 and $150,000 - with the highest salaries paid to optometrists willing to work in regions of short-supply such as in Western Australia and NSW central coast.
An optometrist that owns their own practice generally earns in excess of $150,000 per annum, but it is possible to earn many times this amount depending upon the style and setting of the practice.