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Ophthalmic Assistant Salary (United States)

An Ophthalmic Assistant earns an average wage of $14.38 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is associated with high pay for this job.
Ophthalmic Assistant Salary (?
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$20,754 - $50,449
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $33,513
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Ophthalmic Assistant Salary (?
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$10.56 - $19.20
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,754 - $50,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
Profit Sharing
$139.06 - $2,517  
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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$22,162 - $41,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.56 - $19.20  
   
Overtime
$13.68 - $30.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
Profit Sharing
$139.06 - $2,517  
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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$22,162 - $41,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 687
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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

Dallas
up arrow 23%
Austin
up arrow 11%
Charlotte
up arrow 8%
Houston
up arrow 6%
Spokane
up arrow 1%
National Average
$30,000
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Refraction
up arrow 9%
Patient Education
up arrow 4%
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%
Medical Photography
0%
National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 29%