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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Salary

ATPO Salary Survey (2019)

Average Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Salary (pay): $22.50 per hour, $47K per year.

Indeed search

"ophthalmic assistant salary": $17.26 per hour, $35.3K per year.


Why the difference between the ATPO survey and the Indeed search?

The Indeed search for "ophthalmic assistant salary" includes entry level and non-certified positions, which pushes the average down. The ATPO survey is responded to by mostly certified ophthalmic assistants who have been working in the field a substantial number of years.

How do certified ophthalmic assistant, technician, and technologist salaries compare?

ATPO Salary Survey (2019) for certified ophthalmic assistant: $22.50 per hour, $47K per year.
ATPO Salary Survey (2019) for certified ophthalmic technician: $25.50 per hour, $53K per year.
ATPO Salary Survey (2019) for certified ophthalmic technologist: $30.30 per hour, $63K per year.

What is the top end salary for an ophthalmic assistant, technician, or technologist?

Certified ophthalmic assistants, technicians, or technologists have been able to earn in the $70K to $100K salary range when taking on supervisory, administrative, and/or training responsibilities in the ophthalmology practice.

What benefits can you expect for a job as a certified ophthalmic assistant or technician?

The vast majority of respondents in the ATPO surveys (certified personnel) had paid holidays, paid vacation, and paid health insurance benefits.

Find out how to get started as an ophthalmic assistant.