Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.22 per hour for pay. For the most part, Certified Paraoptometric Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to two-fifths enjoy medical while approximately one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around two in five. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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$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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Typical Certified Paraoptometric Assistants report a focused set 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. For Certified Paraoptometric Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Certified Paraoptometric Assistants report making only $29K on average.

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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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