An Optometric Assistant earns an average wage of $11.57 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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$18,255 - $35,348
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MEDIAN: $26,084
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Optometric Assistant Total Pay (?
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$8.66 - $15.52
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$18,255 - $35,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,203  
Commission
$170.00 - $1,100  
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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$18,171 - $33,173  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $15.52  
   
Overtime
$5.90 - $23.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,203  
   
Commission
$170.00 - $1,100  
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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$18,171 - $33,173  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 490
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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.
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
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National Average
$25,000
Houston
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Insurance
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Customer Service
up arrow 3%
Patient Education
up arrow 1%
National Average
$25,000
Billing
up arrow 20%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 52 votes.
Gender
Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 40%
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