Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.51 per hour. Total cash earnings of Ophthalmic Technicians range from $25K on the low end to $50K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $5K, respectively. While tenure and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Ophthalmic Technicians are female. Job satisfaction for Ophthalmic Technicians is high. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by around two in five. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,258 - $57,603
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MEDIAN: $41,501
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$12.13 - $22.87
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$0$57K
Salary $29,258 - $57,603
Bonus $198.05 - $2,047
Profit Sharing $705 - $5,170
Commission $750
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$25,477 - $50,211
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 105
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.13 - $22.87
Overtime $15.15 - $33.84
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $198.05 - $2,047
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $705 - $5,170
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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$25,477 - $50,211
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,172

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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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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

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 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.

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

National Average: $35,598

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 Reviews

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

Ophthalmic Technician in Naperville:
"Love helping people."
Pros: I enjoy helping people and seeing the doctor work wonders on people's eyes.
Cons: It's stressful at times cause the doctors overbooked and my coworkers don't get along.

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 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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 211 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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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 211 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 29%
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