Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $12.01 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Optometric Technicians is high. Over a third enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two-fifths. The vast majority of Optometric Technicians (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$17,617 - $36,065

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$9.14 - $15.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$17,617 - $36,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,172  
Commission
$52.50 - $733  
Total Pay (?
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$19,177 - $33,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $15.76  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $23.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,172  
   
Commission
$52.50 - $733  
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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$19,177 - $33,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 813
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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 it's uncommon, some Optometric Technicians move into roles as Optometrists, where pay is an average $94K per year. Career advancement for the typical Optometric Technician often leads to becoming an Ophthalmic Technician or a Lead Optometric Technician; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


The biggest paychecks can be found at LensCrafters Inc. — the median salary there is $23K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Survey results suggest that Optometric Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Optometry, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Insurance and Optometry. People who know Patient Education usually 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.


Optometric Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. On average, Optometric Technicians make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $31K.

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries


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National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
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: 43%
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