Optometric Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $11.89 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in seven collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$16,416 - $35,500

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$9.06 - $15.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$16,416 - $35,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
Total Pay (?
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$18,940 - $33,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $15.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$9.70 - $24.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
   
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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$18,940 - $33,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Optometric Assistant


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While Optometric Assistants do not often become Optometrists, the job pays $94K per year on average. However, becoming a Optometric Technician or Certified Ophthalmic Assistant is a more frequent transition for Optometric Assistants.

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Typical Optometric Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Billing, Customer Service, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 17 percent. Experience with Billing is often linked with knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Optometric Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 17%

Billing
up arrow 12%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 42%
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