Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.22 per hour on average. Around two in five enjoy medical while approximately one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two in five. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,699 - $40,547
(Median)
$22K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $26,766
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$10.11 - $16.23
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$13
$16
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,699 - $40,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,762  
Profit Sharing
$625  
Commission
$1,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,142 - $35,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $16.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.93  
Overtime
$8.21 - $25.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,762  
   
Commission
$1,600  
Profit Sharing
$625  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,142 - $35,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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Job Description for Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA)

Certified paraoptometric assistants (CPOAs) work with patients in an eye care center, optometrist’s office, or eye clinic. Under the supervision of an optometrist or eye care specialist, CPOAs perform technical duties such as measuring visual acuity, measuring the curvature of the cornea, performing glaucoma screening tests, testing blood pressure, and measuring the distance between the pupils of the eye. Additionally, CPOAs often take detailed patient histories and initial workups; these patient histories are later entered into the office's computer system, so the ability to use basic computer software is needed.

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Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) 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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Certified Paraoptometric Assistants note just a narrow range of job skills. Insurance and Electronic Medical Records are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Paraoptometric Assistants make a median salary of $30K. For some reason, Certified Paraoptometric Assistants with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $29K.

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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 6%

National Average
$28,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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