Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.26 per hour on average. Pay generally spreads from $10.18 per hour to $16.69. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—around one third lack coverage. On the flip side, about half have medical insurance and about one in five receive dental plans. Most Certified Paraoptometric Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary (?
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$22,223 - $41,022
(Median)
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37K
41K
MEDIAN: $26,531
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Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary (?
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$10.18 - $16.69
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,223 - $41,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$21,493 - $37,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $16.69  
   
Overtime
$11.63 - $26.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
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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$21,493 - $37,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $26K range but grow to $30K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $30K after 10 to 20 years. Following a couple decades of work, Certified Paraoptometric Assistants watch their salaries dip to an average of $28K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.
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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 37%