Optometric Technician Salary

Optometric Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.11 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Optometric Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Optometric Technicians (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than a third report medical coverage and nearly one in five claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$18,467 - $39,248
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$18K
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$39K
MEDIAN: $28,683
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$9.22 - $15.96
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,467 - $39,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,196  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$0.21 - $4,894  
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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$19,284 - $33,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $15.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$12.52 - $23.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,196  
   
Commission
$0.21 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$19,284 - $33,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 917
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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 $95K per year. Optometric Technicians most often move into positions as Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


LensCrafters Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $23K.

Employees at Visionworks take home the smallest paychecks, and $20K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $17K and quickly nearing the top at only $26K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Survey takers who work as Optometric Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Sales, Optometry, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know 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.


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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. Optometric Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $33K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,510

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

Optometric Technicians will find that Raleigh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Optometric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Pensacola (+13 percent), Fort Worth (+13 percent), Colorado Springs (+10 percent), and Madison (+9 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Albuquerque and Cincinnati (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Patient Education
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Sales
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Optometry
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Insurance
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 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
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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