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Optometric Technician Salary

The average Optometric Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.93 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the individual firm. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. There are far more female Optometric Technicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. The majority of Optometric Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$15,205 - $38,346
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$38K
MEDIAN: $25,062
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$9.12 - $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 - $1,153  
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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$19,068 - $33,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $15.89  
   
Overtime
$13.04 - $23.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,153  
   
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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$19,068 - $33,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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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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Optometric Technicians do not often transition into Optometrist roles. The role averages $94K per year. Optometric Technicians typically move into roles as Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, and those positions pay $7K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Those at LensCrafters Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $23K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians note just a narrow range of job 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. Most people skilled in Patient Education are similarly competent in Optometry and Insurance. Most people who know Customer Service also know Insurance and Optometry.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

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


For Optometric Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining 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 see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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 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: 35% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 45%
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