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Optometric Assistant Salary

Optometric Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.91 per hour for pay. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-third, and close to a seventh earn dental coverage. Most Optometric Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$16,416 - $37,000
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$37K
MEDIAN: $25,878
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$9.00 - $15.81
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary 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$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$16,416 - $37,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
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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$18,847 - $33,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $15.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$9.70 - $25.04  
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 - $997  
   
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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$18,847 - $33,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 417

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Optometrist. The latter position pays an average of $94K annually. An Optometric Assistant often moves on to become an Optometric Technician or an Office Manager of a Medical Office.

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Optometric Assistants report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Customer Service, Billing, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For many Optometric Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Optometric Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

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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 6%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Billing
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

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