$41,189
Avg. Salary
$16.61
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$601

Bonus

$2,200

Profit Sharing

$509

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Ophthalmic Technician is $16.61 per hour.

The average pay for an Ophthalmic Technician is $41,189 per year.

$12.14
10%
$16.61
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$22.88
90%
MEDIAN $16.61
$29k
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$41k
50%
$55k
90%
MEDIAN $41,189
$28,573 - $55,465
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MEDIAN: $41,189
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$12.14 - $22.88
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$0$55K
Salary $28,573 - $55,465
Bonus $197 - $2,185
Profit Sharing $592 - $5,048
Commission $509
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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$25,603 - $49,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 193
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.14 - $22.88
Overtime $16.08 - $33.68
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $197 - $2,185
Commission $509
Profit Sharing $592 - $5,048
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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$25,603 - $49,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,136

Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians flock to The Lasik Vision Institute for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $40K lead the pack in compensation.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians who transition into an Optometrist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $96K per year. Becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician is often the next step for an Ophthalmic Technician.

Ophthalmic Technician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Medicine / Surgery, Refraction, and scribe are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. refracting and Medical Devices also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 699 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 362 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 286 salaries. An Ophthalmic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

18%

14%

14%

13%

9%

-11%

National Average: $35,602

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Ophthalmic Technicians, 31 percent higher than the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Orlando (+14 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). Ophthalmic Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Ophthalmic Technicians in Cleveland bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (12 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower).

Ophthalmic Technician Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Keene:
"That I would have to do the work of 3 people."
Prepare to work your but off for very little compensation.

Ophthalmic Technician in Mount Vernon:
"Continue to learn."
Learn as much as you can and understand what you do don't just go through the motions. Remember it is a process and one day it will just click and make sense. Treat all people with respect and dignity.

Ophthalmic Technician in Ann Arbor:
"Amazing."
Pros: Being with patients and doing something worth while.
Cons: The drive would be the only thing I love my job.

Ophthalmic Technician in Philadelphia:
"Great."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Office conditions.

Ophthalmic Technician in North Port:
"How Long was was doing it."
Get as much education as you can.

Ophthalmic Technician in Mahanoy City:
"How To Manage Time Efficiently Between Patients."
Be thorough and do whatever the doctor requests of you to do. Learn every aspect of the job the more you learn the more you can adapt to every position in the office.

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Key Stats for Ophthalmic Technician

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 372 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

▲24%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$36,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries



▲4%

scribe
▲1%

National Average
$36,000


Ophthalmic Technician
▼1%



Refractometry
▼2%

Patient Education
▼3%

Patient Counseling
▼12%

Medical Coding
▼17%

Medical Devices
▼18%

refracting
▼21%

Scheduling
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 372 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 28%