Certified Optometric Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Certified Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.53 per hour. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and just over one in five get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Certified Optometric Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$9.41 - $17.75
(Median)
$9
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $17.75  
   
Overtime
$11.75 - $24.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,266 - $36,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Certified Optometric Assistant

Certified optometric assistants are tasked with assisting optometrists in performing many routine aspects of patient examination. They also help around the optometrist's office by checking in patients and collecting and inputting patient data into record-keeping software. Certified optometric assistants may be known as "paraoptometrists" in some areas, but the certification procedure is typically the same and the two jobs are quite similar.

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Certified Optometric Assistant Tasks

  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.

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Experience Affects Certified Optometric Assistant Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 31%
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