Certified Optician Salary

The average Certified Optician in the United States earns approximately $16.16 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (85 percent) of Certified Opticians who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Certified Opticians is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly less than half have medical insurance and approximately one in three receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,746 - $64,499
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$64K
MEDIAN: $40,394
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$12.55 - $21.32
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$0$64K
Salary $29,746 - $64,499
Bonus $278.21 - $4,404
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $986 - $7,096
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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$26,458 - $47,090
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 32
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $12.55 - $21.32
Hourly Tips $2.14
Overtime $15.86 - $32.78
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $278.21 - $4,404
Commission $986 - $7,096
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$26,458 - $47,090
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 295

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Job Description for Certified Optician

Certified opticians must possess an American Board of Optometry (ABO) board certificate. The certification will demonstrate that they are qualified to provide quality services in their field. These opticians are generally required to have at least a bachelor's degree in a related field. They must keep up with new developments in their industry and use their knowledge to provide high-quality service.

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Certified Optician Tasks

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.

Common Career Paths for Certified Optician


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Certified Opticians who move on to become Licensed Opticians, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $42K. An Optician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Certified Opticians. Paychecks for that role are $32K on average. The Optical Manager position is another common transition for Certified Opticians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $40K mark.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Sales Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Technical Sales and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Pay by Experience for a Certified Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Certified Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 100 salaries. A Certified Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 103 salaries.

Certified Optician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Optician?

Certified Optician in Dallas:
"I löves my job."
Pros: Very satisfying job for me. I love to help people who needs my help. I love serving my purpose to educate people regarding their eye-health issues. We only have a pair of eyes so I don't see why people shouldn't be concern about their eye-health.
Cons: Controlling up line. Managers or Manageress who isn't understanding. Demanding and illogic expectation of sales. Wish there was lesser stress and more flexibility and understanding.

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Key Stats for Certified Optician

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲28%


Insurance
▲5%

National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Sales
▼2%

Technical Sales
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 36%
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