Optometric Assistant Salary (United States)

An Optometric Assistant earns an average wage of $11.75 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Optometric Assistant Total Pay (?
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$17,893 - $35,295
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MEDIAN: $25,910
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Optometric Assistant Total Pay (?
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$8.68 - $15.66
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$17,893 - $35,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
Commission
$620 - $1,200  
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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$18,190 - $33,423  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $15.66  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $23.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
   
Commission
$620 - $1,200  
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).
)
$18,190 - $33,423  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
up arrow 14%
National Average
$25,000
Houston
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
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
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Customer Service
up arrow 1%
National Average
$25,000
Patient Education
up arrow 2%
Billing
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 41%
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