Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.04 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. The vast majority of Ophthalmic Technicians (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Ophthalmic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,928 - $54,143
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,744
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$11.78 - $22.39
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,928 - $54,143  
   
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,663  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$24,735 - $49,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $22.39  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $33.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,663  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$24,735 - $49,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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At the upper end, Ophthalmic Technicians who move into an Optometrist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Optometrists is a much higher $96K per year. An Ophthalmic Technician often moves on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Ophthalmic Technician


The Lasik Vision Institute offers the largest salaries in town ($39K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $23K to $47K.

Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Surgery, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), and Refraction are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 24 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling, Ophthalmic Technician, and Medical Coding. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, also skilled in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ophthalmic Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Ophthalmic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Ophthalmic Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,332

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Ophthalmic Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Grand Rapids and Chattanooga (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 36%

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 24%



scribe
up arrow 5%

Refractometry
up arrow 3%

Medical Photography
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
0%

National Average
$34,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 9%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 11%

Medical Coding
up arrow 12%

Ophthalmic Technician
up arrow 15%

Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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