Optometrist Assistant Salary
The average wage for an Optometrist Assistant is $11.99 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
|Hourly Rate||$9.64 - $15.69|
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|$20,255 - $33,022|
Job Description for Optometrist Assistant
An optometrist assistant, sometimes referred to as an optometric assistant, is a specialized medical assistant who works in the eye-care field. This is a position which works in an optometrist’s office and will typically keep standard daytime office hours. This position will often work as part of a team with the doctor, office staff, and other assistants.Read More...
While many offices will only require a high school diploma, many do prefer experience within the field. Often, courses related to medical assistance are expected to have been taken. Training is often recommended on-the-job or in the classroom, including medical office procedures, insurance coding, medical software, and medical ethics. Licensing programs are also available
The responsibilities and duties associated with an optometrist assistant can vary, depending on the size of an office. In a smaller office, this person will often perform most of the administrative tasks. Assistants at a larger office will strictly assist the doctor. Some common responsibilities across the board include preparing the patient for the vision exam, assisting in vision testing, testing for visual acuity, testing for depth perception, assisting with vision therapy, assisting in frame selection, adjusting glasses, repairing glasses, maintaining accurate records, corresponding with patients, modifying contact lenses, maintaining inventory, assisting patients with contact lenses, obtaining records relating to case history, and performing various administrative duties. This person should be able to multitask effectively and efficiently. An optometrist assistant should maintain an optimistic and upbeat attitude, be highly organized, and have professional interpersonal communication skills. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Optometrist Assistant Tasks
- Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
- Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
- Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.
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Pay by Experience Level for Optometrist Assistant
Pay by Experience for an Optometrist Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometrist Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometrist Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Optometrist Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 14 salaries. An Optometrist Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 6 salaries.
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