The average pay for an Optical Assistant is $11.81 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

$20,144 - $34,908
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$28K
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MEDIAN: $28,500
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$9.68 - $16.11
(Median)
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$28,500  
   
Bonus
$5.07 - $4,569  
Commission
$489.80  
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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$20,112 - $33,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $16.11  
   
Overtime
$14.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$5.07 - $4,569  
   
Commission
$489.80  
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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$20,112 - $33,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Optical Assistant Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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