I'm an optometrist (eye doctor). I went to 4 years undergrad at a private college in North Dakota, and then did my 4 years of optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.
I just graduated in May, and just got married in June, and just start my job in July, so still trying to get "caught up" on everything. Rent is crazy around here with this oil boom (we actually just got a notice last night that our rent will be increasing .... grrrr), so hubby and I are trying to save for a house of our own.
Got 2 horses I am boarding. Just bought a horse trailer. And will be buying a larger pickup soon. So I guess even though we're trying to play "catch up", we're doing alright.
Salary varies by the number of patients I see, so I can't really give a number. National average is anywhere form $60,000 starting to $200,000+ depending on the area of the country.