Optometric Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $12.39 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career length and geography. Women account for the majority of Optometric Technicians who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — about two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, two in five do receive medical benefits and close to one-fourth have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Optometric Technicians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,844 - $42,491
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$42K
MEDIAN: $29,779
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$9.67 - $16.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,844 - $42,491  
   
Bonus
$102.47 - $2,384  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Commission
$51.38 - $4,843  
Total Pay (?
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$20,233 - $34,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $16.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.38  
Overtime
$12.84 - $24.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.47 - $2,384  
   
Commission
$51.38 - $4,843  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$20,233 - $34,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 830

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Optometric Technician


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Though some Optometric Technicians move into positions like Optometrist (where the average salary is $96K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Optometric Technician often leads to becoming an Ophthalmic Technician or a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Optometric Technicians include Visionworks, LensCrafters Inc., National Vision, Inc., America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc., and Pearle Vision Center. Optometric Technicians flock to Pearle Vision Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $28K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Patient Education, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual. Most people experienced in Patient Education also know Optometry and Insurance. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Optometric Technicians make a median salary of $31K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,415

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With a pay rate for Optometric Technicians that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Raleigh offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Optometric Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+10 percent), Pensacola (+9 percent), Fort Worth (+9 percent), and Las Vegas (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Oklahoma City, which sits 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville and Albuquerque (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Optometric Technician

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Sales
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National Average
$26,000




Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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