Certified Optometric Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $13.12 per hour on average. More than half enjoy medical while slightly less than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The majority of Certified Optometric Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Certified Optometric Assistants (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$9.10 - $17.41
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$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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$101.74  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,984 - $36,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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