Optical Assistant Salary

The average pay for an Optical Assistant is $11.78 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$8.81 - $15.46
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $15.46  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,188  
   
Commission
$98.26 - $1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$18,557 - $32,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for Optical Assistant

Optical assistants, also known as optometric assistants, are medical assistants who help optometrists in both clinical and administrative duties. They usually work in private practices, vision care clinics, or other facilities that offer eye car. Some of their duties may include greeting patients, answering their questions, making phone calls for the optometrist, responding to correspondences, maintaining records, scheduling patient appointments, helping the optometrist with vision tests, and helping patients understand how to care for and use contact lenses.

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Optical Assistant Tasks

  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Assistant

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

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Experience Affects Optical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 37%
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