The larger portion of Vision Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.64 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in four, and fewer than one in ten earn dental coverage. Most Vision Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,273 - $67,070
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$36K
$67K
MEDIAN: $35,610
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$10.18 - $20.32
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,273 - $67,070  
   
Bonus
$500  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$21,195 - $42,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$20.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$500  
   
Commission
$2,000  
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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$21,195 - $42,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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Job Description for Vision Therapist

Vision therapists generally work at eye doctors' offices and vision centers and hold at least a college degree in optometry or a related field. Although doctors of optometry (O.D.) primarily diagnose and treat visual health problems, some also specialize in vision therapy. Generally, these therapists provide individual treatments for those who have vision disorders, such as lazy eyes (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), difficult focus, and learning difficulty due to vision disorders.

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Vision Therapist Tasks

  • Perform and document an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Discharge patient from therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.
  • Administer and explain eye exercises, massage to help relieve pain, or prevent eye muscle crippling.

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Pay by Experience Level for Vision Therapist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $35K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Vision Therapists make a median salary of $42K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Vision Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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