Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $11.99 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The vast majority (89 percent) of Optometric Technicians who took the survey are female. Most Optometric Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage.

$15,456 - $37,814
(Median)
$15K
$26K
$38K
MEDIAN: $26,145
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$9.12 - $15.85
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,456 - $37,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
Commission
$150.00 - $720  
Total Pay (?
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$19,102 - $33,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $15.85  
   
Overtime
$12.71 - $23.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
   
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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$19,102 - $33,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 806
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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 $94K), this progression is not the norm. Ophthalmic Technicians or Lead Optometric Technicians are common next-step roles for Optometric Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Ophthalmic Technicians is $7K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Lead Optometric Technicians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


LensCrafters Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $23K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Survey results show that Optometric Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Optometry, Sales, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Insurance and Optometry. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Optometry and Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. Optometric Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average.

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries


Optometry
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Sales
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Customer Service
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National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 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: 36% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 44%
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