Optometric Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Optometric Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.89 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and one in seven earn dental coverage. Most Optometric Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$16,754 - $36,065
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$36K
MEDIAN: $25,691
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$9.01 - $15.86
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$16,754 - $36,065  
   
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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$18,846 - $33,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $15.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$9.86 - $24.23  
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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$18,846 - $33,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Though some Optometric Assistants move into positions like Optometrist (where the average salary is $94K), this progression is not the norm. However, becoming a Optometric Technician or Office Manager of a Medical Office is a more frequent transition for Optometric Assistants.

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Optometric Assistants only report a few specific 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. Employees educated in Billing are typically practiced in Customer Service, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

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


For Optometric Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $27K. On average, Optometric Assistants make $29K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $32K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

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
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 41%
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