Certified Optometric Assistant Salary

Most Certified Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.91 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.72 per hour, and the top verges on $18.35. Most Certified Optometric Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a little less than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$9.72 - $18.35
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $18.35  
   
Overtime
$20.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$20,378 - $37,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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