Certified Optician Salary

Earnings for Certified Opticians in the United States come in at around $15.41 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Certified Opticians stretch from $24K on the lower end to $45K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although nearly one-half have medical coverage and just under a third have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Certified Opticians who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Certified Opticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,550 - $51,633
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,901
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$11.34 - $20.32
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,550 - $51,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,176  
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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$24,249 - $45,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $20.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.49  
Overtime
$9.93 - $29.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,176  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
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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$24,249 - $45,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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

  • 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.
  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.

Common Career Paths for Certified Optician


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Certified Opticians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Licensed Dispensing Optician. The latter position pays an average of $41K annually.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Survey takers who work as Certified Opticians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Technical Sales, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Insurance. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Technical Sales and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Certified Opticians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Certified Opticians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $38K.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries


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$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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