Optometric Technician Salary

The average Optometric Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.43 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but experience level and location are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Optometric Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While more than two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, just over two-fifths do receive medical coverage, and about one in four have dental, as well. The vast majority (89 percent) of Optometric Technicians who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,391 - $43,596
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,285
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$9.78 - $16.66
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MEDIAN: $12.42
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$0$43K
Salary $20,391 - $43,596
Bonus $100.81 - $2,081
Profit Sharing $400.00
Commission $41.25 - $4,885
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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$20,449 - $35,798
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 44
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.78 - $16.66
Hourly Tips $1.04
Overtime $13.80 - $25.21
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $100.81 - $2,081
Commission $41.25 - $4,885
Profit Sharing $400.00
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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$20,449 - $35,798
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 794

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Job Description for Optometric Technician

Optometrists help clients maintain sharp, accurate eyesight, and optometric assistants help optometrists in a variety of tasks and ensure their office's operations run smoothly and efficiently. It is often the optometric assistant who performs much of the preparatory work for examinations, a series of duties that includes the maintenance and calibration of vision testing equipment, the application of various pre-examination tests for incoming patients, and clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, distributing prescribed items, and performing general maintenance (including cleaning and sanitizing the office and examination room).

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Optometric Technician Tasks

  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist Optometrist with examinations and maintain patient charts.
  • Explain eye exercises to patients, and may monitor vision therapy.
  • Fit and dispense glasses and contact lens for patients.
  • Order prescription eyewear.

Common Career Paths for Optometric Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Optometric Technicians move into roles as Optometrists, where pay is an average $96K per year. Typical career progression for an Optometric Technician involves becoming an Ophthalmic Technician or a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, roles that pay $7K more and $8K more on average.

Optometric Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Optometric Technician


Visionworks, LensCrafters Inc., National Vision, Inc., America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Inc., and Pearle Vision Center are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Optometric Technicians. Pearle Vision Center attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $28K.

Popular Skills for Optometric Technician


Survey results show that Optometric Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Patient Education, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bilingual and Insurance. Those familiar with Patient Education tend to be well versed in Optometry and Insurance. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Insurance and Optometry.

Pay by Experience Level for Optometric Technician

Pay by Experience for an Optometric Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Optometric Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 627 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Optometric Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Optometric Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 128 salaries. An Optometric Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,477

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

For those looking to make money, Optometric Technicians in Raleigh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Optometric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), Pensacola (+9 percent), and Fort Worth (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Albuquerque (14 percent less).

Optometric Technician Reviews

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

Optometric Technician in East Greenbush:
"Great Employer."
Pros: I love that my boss is very understanding of my doctor appointments.
Cons: I hate my office manager she bullies me constantly about everything I do.

Optometric Technician in Fort Wayne:
Pros: Helping people who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to see the world.
Cons: Long hours and travel time.

Optometric Technician in Oklahoma City:
"My job as an optometric technician."
Pros: I like the work, the patients, my coworkers everything is great!
Cons: The pay and no benefits.

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Key Stats for Optometric Technician

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Optometric Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲17%

▲11%

National Average
$26,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Optometric Technician Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▲12%


National Average
$26,000

▼1%


▼2%

▼3%

Bilingual
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 41%
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