An Optical Assistant earns an average wage of £7.08 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

£10,871 - £17,210
£11K
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MEDIAN: £14,632
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90%
£6.15 - £8.25
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MEDIAN: £7.27
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£0£17K
Salary £10,871 - £17,210
Bonus £101 - £1,825
Profit Sharing £400
Commission £1,200
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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£12,043 - £17,309
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Currency: GBP
  • Updated: 16 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 254
Hourly Data £0£29
Hourly Rate £6.15 - £8.25
Overtime £1.01 - £29.80
Annual Data £0£17K
Bonus £101 - £1,825
Commission £1,200
Profit Sharing £400
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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£12,043 - £17,309
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: GBP
  • Updated: 16 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 262

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 helping patients understand how to care for and use contact lenses.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Optical Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Optical Assistant has a neutral trend. An entry-level Optical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of ₤15,000 based on 154 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optical Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of ₤15,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Optical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of ₤16,000 based on 43 salaries. An Optical Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of ₤15,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: £14,988

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Key Stats for Optical Assistant

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Optical Assistant Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
₤15,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Optical Assistant Salaries

Sales
▼0%

National Average
₤15,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Administration
▼3%

Office Administration
▼4%

Optometry
▼5%

dispensing
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 5%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 50%