Optometric Assistant Salary

Optometric Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.89 per hour for pay. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Optometric Assistants is high. Just under a third enjoy medical while one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,416 - $35,500
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$16K
$26K
$36K
MEDIAN: $25,523
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$9.03 - $15.92
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$16,416 - $35,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
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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$18,886 - $33,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $15.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$9.79 - $24.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
   
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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$18,886 - $33,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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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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There are some Optometric Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Optometrists, where earnings are an average $94K annually. However, Optometric Assistants typically graduate to Optometric Technicians or Office Managers of Medical Offices.

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Survey takers who work as Optometric Assistants typically report just a few professional 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optometric Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. Optometric Assistants bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Optometric Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $31K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

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 9%

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
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
43%
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: 41%
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