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Optometric Technician Salary

Pay for Optometric Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.84 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than a third report medical coverage and close to a fifth claim dental coverage as well. The vast majority (90 percent) of Optometric Technicians who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$15,319 - $38,145
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MEDIAN: $25,019
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,319 - $38,145  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,157  
Commission
$150.00 - $1,360  
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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$18,992 - $33,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $15.96  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $22.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,157  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $1,360  
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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$18,992 - $33,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 731
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Optometrist, where median pay is $93K annually. 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


LensCrafters Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $23K.

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, Insurance, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Insurance and Optometry. Skill sets containing Patient Education also tend to include Optometry and Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optometric Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $23K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $27K. Optometric Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Optometric Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 44%