An Optical Assistant earns an average wage of $11.55 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Optical Assistant Total Pay (?
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$8.39 - $15.03
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.39 - $15.03  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $23.98  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
Commission
$102.79 - $983  
Total Pay (?
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$17,658 - $32,696  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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Job Description for Optical Assistant
An optical assistant works in an optometrist's office and primarily assists with clinical and clerical duties. Optical assistants must have a keen eye for and attention to detail as they sort, scan and copy important medical documents. Communication is also a key component for this position. This job requires the ability to interact with patients, medical professionals and billing organizations on a daily basis. Understanding how to manage time and multiple tasks at once is a must for this position. In addition, being fluent in more than one language is also considered a plus for this role.
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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.
Read more about: Opticians, Dispensing
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Experience Affects Optical Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 16 votes.
Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 37%
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