Certified Optician Salary (United States)

Certified Opticians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.92 per hour. Cash earnings of Certified Opticians—including $2,883 bonuses, $9,696 profit sharing proceeds, and $7,340 commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $26,343 to approximately $49,597 depending on individual performance. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about a third have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Certified Optician Salary (?
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$26,343 - $49,597
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MEDIAN: $35,661
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Certified Optician Salary (?
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$10.89 - $19.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,343 - $49,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,340  
Total Pay (?
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$23,448 - $44,418  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $19.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$12.03 - $27.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,340  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
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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$23,448 - $44,418  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 517
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Job Description for Certified Optician

  • 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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As Certified Opticians transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Licensed Dispensing Optician may earn an extra $7,728 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician

Certified Opticians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Sales Management and Technical Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 3 percent respectively. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Technical Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Certified Opticians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New salaries start at $28K and reach $31K in five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $35K. After 20 years in the field, Certified Opticians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $38K. Certified Opticians with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Technical Sales
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Sales
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National Average
$33,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%
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