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 $12.96 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Optometric Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-seventh collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,592 - $34,000
$20K
$29K
$34K
MEDIAN: $28,859
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$9.90 - $16.55
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MEDIAN: $12.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$19,592 - $34,000  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $2,890  
Profit Sharing
$1,670  
Commission
$975  
Total Pay (?
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$20,679 - $35,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $16.55  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $24.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$225.00 - $2,890  
   
Commission
$975  
Profit Sharing
$1,670  
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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$20,679 - $35,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 267

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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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It's not very common for Optometric Assistants to move on to become Optometrists. Average pay for an Optometrist is $96K annually. More often than not, an Optometric Technician role is the next step for Optometric Assistants moving up in the field. Pay for Optometric Technicians is usually $25K. Many Optometric Assistants choose to take on a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $34K.

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Popular Skills for Optometric Assistant


Survey results suggest that Optometric Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Lucky workers who know Sales can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Office Management and Insurance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 12 percent and 21 percent. Billing and Customer Service are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$27,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Sales
▲21%

Insurance
▲12%

Office Management
▲12%

▲7%

Patient Education
▲6%


National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 48%
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