The average pay for an Optometric Assistant is $13.17 per hour.
The average pay for an Optometric Assistant is $28,831 per year.
|Salary||$16,500 - $39,839|
|Bonus||$204 - $2,073|
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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).)
|$21,136 - $36,477|
|Hourly Rate||$10.16 - $17.19|
|Overtime||$15.08 - $25.38|
|Bonus||$204 - $2,073|
|Total Pay (||$21,136 - $36,477|
Job Description for Optometric Assistant
Optometric assistants perform a number of duties in an optometrist's office or a similar setting. On of the main tasks these assistants are responsible for is preparing patients for eye exams and/or vision therapy. They also schedule appointments, document case histories, updating patient records, and organizing records. Additionally, optometric assistants are in charge of administering tests to patients related color and depth perception, near- and farsightedness, field of view, and macular integrity. In all tasks, optometric assistants must ensure the work environment remains safe, clean, and attractive to clients; this includes cleaning instruments and making sure eyeglasses inventory meets office demands.Read More...
Optometric assistant positions can be full time or part time depending on the needs of the hiring office. They generally work in private optometrists' offices and stores that sell glasses and contact lenses.
Basic requirements for optometric assistant positions include relevant training from a vocational school and/or an associate's degree. Optometric assistants must have excellent communication skills, be knowledgeable about the field and their office's products, and keep up to date on all relevant rules and regulations in their field. These assistants must work well on their own with minimal supervision, as well as in a team setting. They should have good customer-service skills as well. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
Common Career Paths for Optometric Assistant
Optometric Assistants who advance into the role of an Optometrist are fairly uncommon. Optometrists on average earn $96K per year. Optometric Assistants go on to become Optometric Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $25K. Optometric Assistants who move into a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $34K.
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Survey results show that Optometric Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Office Management, Insurance, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Many workers who know Billing also know Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Assistant
Pay by Experience for an Optometric Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometric Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 185 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometric Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Optometric Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 48 salaries. An Optometric Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 22 salaries.
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