The average hourly pay for an Optical Assistant in United Kingdom is £7.58.
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Job Description for Optical Assistant
Optical assistants, also known as optometric assistants, are medical assistants who help optometrists in both clinical and administrative duties. They usually work in private practices, vision care clinics, or other facilities that offer eye car. Some of their duties may include greeting patients, answering their questions, making phone calls for the optometrist, responding to correspondences, maintaining records, scheduling patient appointments, helping the optometrist with vision tests, and he…Read more
Optical 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Optical Assistant
The top respondents for the job title Optical Assistant are from the companies Specsavers, Vision Express Ltd and Tesco PLC. Reported salaries are highest at The Boots Company PLC where the average pay is £8.46. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Tesco PLC, earning around £8.02. Specsavers pays the lowest at around £7.31. Vision Express Ltd also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying £7.60.
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Popular Skills for Optical Assistant
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Skills in Sales, Retail, Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Optical Assistant
An entry-level Optical Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £7.20 based on 35 salaries. An early career Optical Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.42 based on 224 salaries. A mid-career Optical Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.93 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Optical Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £7.97 based on 84 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £9.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Optical Assistant in their job title in Manchester, England: Manchester earn an average of 5.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Bristol, England: Bristol (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Birmingham, England: Birmingham (7.4% less), London, England: London (6.1% less) and Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (4.7% less).
Years of Experience
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