Ophthalmic Assistant Salary

An Ophthalmic Assistant earns an average wage of $15.49 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 Medical Photography, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), and Refraction.

$23,409 - $50,503
$23K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,546
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50%
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$11.76 - $20.48
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MEDIAN: $15.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,409 - $50,503  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $1,216  
Profit Sharing
$512  
Commission
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$24,531 - $43,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $29.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$197.27 - $1,216  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$512  
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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$24,531 - $43,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 577

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 331 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 170 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 132 salaries. An Ophthalmic Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,654

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Key Stats for Ophthalmic Assistant

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

▲28%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$33,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Assistant Salaries

Medical Photography
▲30%


Refraction
▲10%

scribe
▲6%



Bilingual
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 25%
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