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Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $11.96 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Women make up the vast majority of Optometric Technicians (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optometric Technicians.

$15,205 - $38,346
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$15K
$25K
$38K
MEDIAN: $25,062
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$9.13 - $15.89
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,205 - $38,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,149  
Commission
$150.00 - $720  
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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$19,104 - $33,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $15.89  
   
Overtime
$13.02 - $23.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,149  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $720  
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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$19,104 - $33,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 774

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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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It's not very common for Optometric Technicians to move on to become Optometrists. Average pay for an Optometrist is $94K annually. When Optometric Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians flock to LensCrafters Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $23K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians usually report a few specific skills. 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. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Insurance and Optometry. Most people who know Patient Education 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. Optometric Technicians bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Optometric Technicians, 22 percent above the national average. Optometric Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+12 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and San Antonio (+2 percent). Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Albuquerque (9 percent lower) and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

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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 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: 35% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 44%
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