Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.18 per hour. Most Certified Paraoptometric Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Two in five enjoy medical while one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$21,699 - $40,547

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$10.12 - $16.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,699 - $40,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,312  
Total Pay (?
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$21,185 - $36,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $16.44  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $25.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,312  
   
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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$21,185 - $36,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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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Survey takers who work as Certified Paraoptometric Assistants usually report a few specific 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. On average, Certified Paraoptometric Assistants make $30K following one to two decades on the job. 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

Mid-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
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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)
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

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: 41% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 37%
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