Ophthalmic Assistant Salary
An Ophthalmic Assistant earns an average wage of $15.49 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Medical Photography, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), and Refraction.
|Salary||$23,211 - $50,723|
|Bonus||$194.42 - $2,000|
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|$24,826 - $44,118|
|Hourly Rate||$11.92 - $20.42|
|Overtime||$17.14 - $29.71|
|Bonus||$194.42 - $2,000|
|Total Pay (||$24,826 - $44,118|
Job Description for Ophthalmic Assistant
An ophthalmic assistant works as an assistant to either one ophthalmologist or a group of ophthalmologists. An ophthalmic assistant works directly with patients as well as with patient records in an ophthalmology office. In general an ophthalmic assistant meets with a patient before their scheduled appointment to take the patient's history concerning their general health and the health of their eyes. The ophthalmic assistant also usually asks patients if they have particular concerns they want to address with the ophthalmologist and if they have a preference for glasses or contacts (if needed). Ophthalmic assistants must also be able to record the information obtained during the patient encounter in the patient's chart accurately.Read More...
Ophthalmic assistants often assistant in administrative tasks for the ophthalmology office. This may include answering phones, scheduling patient's appointments, accepting payments, and contacting insurance companies. Ophthalmic assistants usually are also responsible for the maintenance of the office and office equipment, which includes maintaining an adequate level of necessary stock.
Typically, an ophthalmic assistant is required to have a high school diploma when applying for an entry-level position with an ophthalmologist's office; the industry's standard is on-the-job training for an ophthalmic assistant. Additionally, ophthalmic assistants must have good verbal communication and listening skills to make patient encounters successful. Usually, an ophthalmic assistant works during regular business hours in an ophthalmologist's office, although some ophthalmic assistants will work a variety of different schedules. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Ophthalmic Assistant Tasks
- Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
- Assist ophthalmologist with office patient procedures.
- Coordinate patient care and influx of patients.
- Provide technical ophthalmic and administrative assistance.
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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Assistant
Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 331 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 170 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 132 salaries. An Ophthalmic Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 56 salaries.
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