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 $12.15 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About a third enjoy medical while close to a seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,731 - $34,465
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$29K
$34K
MEDIAN: $29,031
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$9.20 - $16.14
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$19,731 - $34,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$19,216 - $34,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $16.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51  
Overtime
$11.84 - $24.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$19,216 - $34,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Optometrists. That role pays $95K per year on average. Becoming an Optometric Technician or a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant is, however, a more typical career progression for Optometric Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Optometric Assistant


Optometric Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Management, Insurance, Billing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Patient Education. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $24K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $28K. Optometric Assistants see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $33K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Optometric Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Optometric Assistant Salaries

Office Management
up arrow 20%

Insurance
up arrow 13%

up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$26,000

Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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