Ophthalmic Assistant Salary

An Ophthalmic Assistant earns an average wage of $14.49 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and Refraction.

$20,848 - $49,777
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,920
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$10.69 - $19.48
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,848 - $49,777  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $2,018  
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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$22,403 - $41,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$13.75 - $30.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $2,018  
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).
)
$22,403 - $41,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Assistant

An ophthalmic assistant works as an assistant to either one ophthalmologist or a group of ophthalmologists. An ophthalmic assistant works directly with patients as well as with patient records in an ophthalmology office. In general an ophthalmic assistant meets with a patient before their scheduled appointment to take the patient's history concerning their general health and the health of their eyes. The ophthalmic assistant also usually asks patients if they have particular concerns they want to address with the ophthalmologist and if they have a preference for glasses or contacts (if needed). Ophthalmic assistants must also be able to record the information obtained during the patient encounter in the patient's chart accurately.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Tasks

  • Coordinate patient care and influx of patients.
  • Provide technical ophthalmic and administrative assistance.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist ophthalmologist with office patient procedures.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries


Refraction
up arrow 11%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Medical Photography
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 28%
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