Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States take home an average $12.42 per hour. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geographic location are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by about two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by roughly a fourth. Optometric Technicians who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Most Optometric Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,173 - $42,439
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$42K
MEDIAN: $29,922
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$9.76 - $16.60
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MEDIAN: $12.42
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$0$42K
Salary $19,173 - $42,439
Bonus $101.97 - $2,039
Profit Sharing $700
Commission $51.38 - $4,843
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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$20,353 - $35,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.76 - $16.60
Hourly Tips $1.04
Overtime $14.04 - $24.88
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $101.97 - $2,039
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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$20,353 - $35,644
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 801

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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 some Optometric Technicians move into positions like Optometrist (where the average salary is $96K), this progression is not the norm. Optometric Technicians typically move into roles as Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, and those positions pay $7K more and $8K more, respectively.

Optometric Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Optometric Technicians, Visionworks, LensCrafters Inc., National Vision, Inc., America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc., and Pearle Vision Center are leading firms in the industry. Pearle Vision Center offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $28K.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bilingual. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Optometry and Insurance. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Insurance and Optometry.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

Pay by Experience for an Optometric Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometric Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 627 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometric Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Optometric Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 128 salaries. An Optometric Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,478

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

Raleigh is home to an above-average pay rate for Optometric Technicians, 16 percent higher than the national average. Optometric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), Pensacola (+9 percent), and Fort Worth (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Oklahoma City, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Jacksonville and Albuquerque earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less).

Optometric Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Optometric Technician?

Optometric Technician in East Greenbush:
"Great Employer."
Pros: I love that my boss is very understanding of my doctor appointments.
Cons: I hate my office manager she bullies me constantly about everything I do.

Optometric Technician in Fort Wayne:
Pros: Helping people who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to see the world.
Cons: Long hours and travel time.

Optometric Technician in Oklahoma City:
"My job as an optometric technician."
Pros: I like the work, the patients, my coworkers everything is great!
Cons: The pay and no benefits.

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Key Stats for Optometric Technician

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲17%

▲11%

National Average
$26,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▲12%


National Average
$26,000

▼1%


▼2%

▼3%

Bilingual
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 41%
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