An Ophthalmic Assistant earns an average wage of $13.90 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.
Ophthalmic Assistant Total Pay (?
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$20,526 - $46,657
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MEDIAN: $30,326
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Ophthalmic Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.24 - $18.64
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,526 - $46,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,563 - $39,802  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $18.64  
   
Overtime
$13.48 - $30.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
   
Profit Sharing
$140.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,563 - $39,802  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 702
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Houston
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National Average
$30,000
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 14%
Refraction
up arrow 11%
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$30,000
Customer Service
up arrow 9%
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.
Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 29%
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