The average rate for an Ophthalmic Assistant is $15.30 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Medical Photography and Refraction.

$23,113 - $44,958
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MEDIAN: $34,385
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$11.30 - $20.56
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$23,113 - $44,958  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,923  
Profit Sharing
$650  
Commission
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$23,620 - $43,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $20.56  
   
Overtime
$16.19 - $30.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,923  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$23,620 - $43,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 535
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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




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Medical Photography
up arrow 27%

Refraction
up arrow 18%


scribe
up arrow 7%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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