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Optometric Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Optometric Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.88 per hour on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Optometric Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Roughly a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-seventh collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$16,754 - $36,065
(Median)
$17K
$26K
$36K
MEDIAN: $25,691
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$8.97 - $15.79
(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 - $986  
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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$18,781 - $33,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.97 - $15.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$1.29 - $24.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
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).
)
$18,781 - $33,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Optometric Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Optometrist. The average Optometrist brings home $93K per year. It is not unusual for an Optometric Assistant to become an Optometric Technician or an Office Manager of a Medical Office.

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Optometric Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Customer Service, Billing, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Those with knowledge of Billing tend to be skilled in Customer Service as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. For Optometric Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Billing
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 40%