Optometric Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Optometric Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.20 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One-fourth enjoy medical while around a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. Most Optometric Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,513 - $40,638
$20K
$31K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,812
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$10.04 - $16.73
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MEDIAN: $13.20
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$0$40K
Salary $19,513 - $40,638
Bonus $198.66 - $3,677
Profit Sharing $1,825
Commission $750
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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$21,021 - $35,823
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $16.73
Overtime $14.86 - $23.92
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $198.66 - $3,677
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $1,825
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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$21,021 - $35,823
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 246

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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

  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.

Common Career Paths for Optometric Assistant


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Optometric Assistants who advance into the role of an Optometrist are fairly uncommon. Optometrists on average earn $96K per year. Optometric Assistants go on to become Optometric Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $25K. Optometric Assistants who move into a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $34K.

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Popular Skills for Optometric Assistant


Survey results show that Optometric Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Office Management, Insurance, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Many workers who know Billing also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Optometric Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometric Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 185 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometric Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Optometric Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 48 salaries. An Optometric Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Optometric Assistant

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$28,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Sales
▲19%

Insurance
▲10%

Office Management
▲10%

▲5%

Patient Education
▲5%


National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 48%
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