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Optometric Assistant Salary

Optometric Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.92 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Close to one-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in seven collect dental insurance. For the most part, Optometric Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,416 - $37,000
(Median)
$16K
$26K
$37K
MEDIAN: $25,878
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$9.01 - $15.79
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
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 - $993  
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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$18,870 - $33,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $15.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.78  
Overtime
$9.79 - $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 - $993  
   
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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$18,870 - $33,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Optometrist, where median compensation is $94K annually. 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Customer Service, Billing, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Competency in Billing frequently indicates knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

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


For Optometric Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $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
15%
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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