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 $12.15 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The majority of Optometric Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,731 - $34,465
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$34K
MEDIAN: $29,031
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$9.20 - $16.14
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$19,731 - $34,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$19,216 - $34,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $16.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51  
Overtime
$11.84 - $24.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$19,216 - $34,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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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Optometric Assistants do not often transition into Optometrist roles. The role averages $95K per year. A more likely transition for Optometric Assistants is Optometric Technician or Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA).

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Popular Skills for Optometric Assistant


Optometric Assistants only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Insurance, Billing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Patient Education. Customer Service is a skill commonly found among those who know Billing.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. Optometric Assistants bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Optometric Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $33K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Office Management
up arrow 20%

Insurance
up arrow 13%

up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$26,000

Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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