Optometric Technician Salary

Average Optometric Technicians in the United States make around $12.11 per hour. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Women account for the majority of Optometric Technicians who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than two-fifths do receive medical coverage, and about one in five have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$18,467 - $39,248
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$18K
$29K
$39K
MEDIAN: $28,683
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$9.22 - $15.96
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,467 - $39,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,196  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$0.21 - $4,894  
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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$19,284 - $33,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $15.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$12.52 - $23.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,196  
   
Commission
$0.21 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$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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$19,284 - $33,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 917
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Job Description for Optometric Technician

Optometrists help clients maintain sharp, accurate eyesight, and optometric assistants help optometrists in a variety of tasks and ensure their office's operations run smoothly and efficiently. It is often the optometric assistant who performs much of the preparatory work for examinations, a series of duties that includes the maintenance and calibration of vision testing equipment, the application of various pre-examination tests for incoming patients, and clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, distributing prescribed items, and performing general maintenance (including cleaning and sanitizing the office and examination room).

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Optometric Technician Tasks

  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.
  • Explain eye exercises to patients, and may monitor vision therapy.
  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
  • Order prescription eyewear.

Common Career Paths for Optometric Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Optometric Technicians sometimes become Optometrists, where the average income is $95K per year. Optometric Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, LensCrafters Inc. offers the most; Optometric Technicians earn $23K on average there.

Salaries are easily beat at Visionworks, where median pay comes to just $20K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $17K and ending at $26K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Sales, Optometry, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Customer Service also know Insurance and Optometry. Most people experienced in Patient Education also know Optometry and Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


For many Optometric Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optometric Technicians make a median salary of $30K. Optometric Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,510

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Optometric Technicians, busy Raleigh offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Optometric Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pensacola (+13 percent), Fort Worth (+13 percent), Colorado Springs (+10 percent), and Madison (+9 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Albuquerque and Cincinnati (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Patient Education
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Sales
up arrow 4%

Optometry
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Insurance
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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