Certified Optometric Assistant Salary

Certified Optometric Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.28 per hour. The larger part enjoy medical while around two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The majority of Certified Optometric Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$9.09 - $17.08
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MEDIAN: $13.28
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Hourly Rate
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National Annualized Data (?
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$101.74  
   
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$18,963 - $35,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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

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

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Key Stats for Certified Optometric Assistant

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Certified Optometric Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 13%