The larger portion of Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.79 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optometric Assistants. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and approximately one in seven earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,331 - $35,240
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$21K
$29K
$35K
MEDIAN: $29,123
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$9.89 - $16.37
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$21,331 - $35,240  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$1,670  
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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$20,730 - $34,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $16.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.11 - $24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$244.68 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$1,670  
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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$20,730 - $34,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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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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For Optometric Assistants, progressing to an Optometrist role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Optometrist can earn $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


Survey results imply that Optometric Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Sales, Office Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Billing tends to also indicate an understanding of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

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


Optometric Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. Optometric Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $33K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Sales
up arrow 23%

Office Management
up arrow 13%

Insurance
up arrow 11%

up arrow 8%

Patient Education
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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