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Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

A Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) earns an average wage of $13.19 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$21,532 - $40,851
(Median)
$22K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $26,535
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$10.16 - $16.61
(Median)
$10
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,532 - $40,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
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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$21,248 - $36,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $16.61  
   
Overtime
$8.21 - $25.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
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).
)
$21,248 - $36,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221

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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.

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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 6%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 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
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 38%