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Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salary

Most Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.18 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,618 - $40,695
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$22K
$27K
$41K
MEDIAN: $26,847
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$10.15 - $16.53
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,618 - $40,695  
   
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 - $36,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $16.53  
   
Overtime
$8.14 - $25.58  
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).
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$21,248 - $36,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220

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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 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $26K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. Certified Paraoptometric Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $31K.

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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

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
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 38%
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