Most Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.84 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a sixth collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,608 - $37,814
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$38K
MEDIAN: $29,208
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$9.91 - $16.41
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MEDIAN: $12.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,608 - $37,814  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $2,440  
Profit Sharing
$1,670  
Commission
$975  
Total Pay (?
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$20,767 - $35,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $16.41  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $24.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$225.00 - $2,440  
   
Commission
$975  
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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$20,767 - $35,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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

  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.

Common Career Paths for Optometric Assistant


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Optometric Assistants who transition into an Optometrist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $96K per year. 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 suggest that Optometric Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Office Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Billing and Customer Service are also commonly seen together.

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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Optometric Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $32K on average.

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Key Stats for Optometric Assistant

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Sales
up arrow 22%

Office Management
up arrow 13%

Insurance
up arrow 11%

up arrow 7%

Patient Education
up arrow 7%


National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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