Certified Paraoptometric Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.22 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in three, and approximately one-sixth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,639 - $39,753
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MEDIAN: $28,785
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$10.23 - $16.50
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,639 - $39,753  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,624  
Commission
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,448 - $35,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $16.50  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $23.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,624  
   
Commission
$1,500  
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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$21,448 - $35,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $27K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $29K. For Certified Paraoptometric Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Certified Paraoptometric Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA) Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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