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Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States take home an average $11.91 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Optometric Technicians who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$15,205 - $38,346
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$38K
MEDIAN: $25,062
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$9.11 - $15.94
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,205 - $38,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
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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$19,075 - $33,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $15.94  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $23.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
   
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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$19,075 - $33,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 754

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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 $93K per year. Career advancement for the typical Optometric Technician often leads to becoming an Ophthalmic Technician or a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


LensCrafters Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $23K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Optometry, Insurance, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Insurance and Optometry. Those who learned Patient Education also tend to know Optometry and Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


For Optometric Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. Optometric Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $32K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Optometric Technicians, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Optometric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+12 percent) and Jacksonville (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Albuquerque and Minneapolis (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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%