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Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

Most Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.30 per hour. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than a fifth collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Paraoptometric Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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MEDIAN: $26,531
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$21,438 - $41,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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$21,328 - $37,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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$10.20 - $16.77  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $26.49  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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$21,328 - $37,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Electronic Medical Records and Insurance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $29K.

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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 7%

Insurance
up arrow 5%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 38%