Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $12.00 per hour on average. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Most Optometric Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Optometric Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$15,456 - $37,814
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MEDIAN: $26,145
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$9.13 - $15.81
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,456 - $37,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,155  
Commission
$294.79 - $740  
Total Pay (?
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$19,127 - $33,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $15.81  
   
Overtime
$12.74 - $23.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,155  
   
Commission
$294.79 - $740  
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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$19,127 - $33,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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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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Optometric Technicians who advance into the role of an Optometrist are fairly uncommon. Optometrists on average earn $94K per year. The most common next step for an Optometric Technician is to become an Ophthalmic Technician or a Lead Optometric Technician. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Optometry, Sales, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Optometry and Insurance. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Insurance and Optometry.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


For Optometric Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Optometric Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries


Optometry
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Sales
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Customer Service
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National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 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
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 44%
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