Optometric Assistant Salary

Optometric Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.06 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Optometric Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-sixth collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,751 - $40,205
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MEDIAN: $29,900
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$9.95 - $16.75
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MEDIAN: $13.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,751 - $40,205  
   
Bonus
$199.11 - $2,964  
Profit Sharing
$650  
Commission
$750  
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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$20,821 - $35,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $16.75  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $24.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$199.11 - $2,964  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$20,821 - $35,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 273

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Job Description for Optometric Assistant

Optometric assistants perform a number of duties in an optometrist's office or a similar setting. On of the main tasks these assistants are responsible for is preparing patients for eye exams and/or vision therapy. They also schedule appointments, document case histories, updating patient records, and organizing records. Additionally, optometric assistants are in charge of administering tests to patients related color and depth perception, near- and farsightedness, field of view, and macular integrity. In all tasks, optometric assistants must ensure the work environment remains safe, clean, and attractive to clients; this includes cleaning instruments and making sure eyeglasses inventory meets office demands.

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Optometric Assistant Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Optometric Assistant


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It's not very common for Optometric Assistants to move on to become Optometrists. Average pay for an Optometrist is $96K annually. An Optometric Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Optometric Assistants. Paychecks for that role are $25K on average. The Certified Ophthalmic Assistant position is another common transition for Optometric Assistants; in this role, salaries are typically at the $34K mark.

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Popular Skills for Optometric Assistant


Optometric Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Sales can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Office Management and Insurance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 20 percent. Billing and Customer Service are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Optometric Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometric Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 185 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometric Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Optometric Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 48 salaries. An Optometric Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Optometric Assistant

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$28,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Sales
▲20%

Insurance
▲11%

Office Management
▲11%

▲6%

Patient Education
▲6%


National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 47%
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