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Optical Assistant Salary

An Optical Assistant earns an average wage of $11.71 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.

$8.56 - $15.36
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $15.36  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $23.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
Commission
$99.16 - $983  
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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$17,983 - $32,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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.

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Experience Affects Optical Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 38%
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