Optometric Technicians in the United States take home approximately $12.37 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Optometric Technicians are female. Some workers in this field — nearly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly a fourth. Work is enjoyable for Optometric Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,300 - $42,491
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MEDIAN: $29,441
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$9.67 - $16.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,300 - $42,491  
   
Bonus
$101.19 - $2,047  
Profit Sharing
$850  
Commission
$50.90 - $4,864  
Total Pay (?
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$20,215 - $34,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $16.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.38  
Overtime
$12.95 - $24.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.19 - $2,047  
   
Commission
$50.90 - $4,864  
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$20,215 - $34,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 795
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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 $96K per year. Optometric Technicians typically move into roles as Ophthalmic Technicians or Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, and those positions pay $7K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Dominating the field, Visionworks, LensCrafters Inc., National Vision, Inc., America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc., and America's Best are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Optometric Technicians. LensCrafters Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $23K on average.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Optometric Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Patient Education, Sales, and Optometry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual. Most people familiar with Patient Education also know Optometry and Insurance. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Optometric Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. 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 $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,329

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Optometric Technicians will find that Raleigh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Optometric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Colorado Springs (+14 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Pensacola (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Oklahoma City and Albuquerque (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 14%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Optometry
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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