Optical Assistant Salary (United States)

An Optical Assistant earns an average wage of $11.31 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 steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Optical Assistant Total Pay (?
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$8.36 - $14.76
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $14.76  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $23.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
   
Commission
$101.74 - $1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$17,486 - $32,006  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$24,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 39%
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