Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.99 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a little less than one-half have medical insurance and just under a third receive dental plans. Certified Opticians who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Most Certified Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,031 - $64,626
$30K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,694
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$12.22 - $20.45
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MEDIAN: $15.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,031 - $64,626  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $4,648  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$1,021 - $11,745  
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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$25,633 - $46,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $20.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14  
Overtime
$17.90 - $37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$295.90 - $4,648  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $11,745  
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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$25,633 - $46,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Certified Opticians sometimes become Licensed Opticians, where the average income is $42K per year. Given that the median pay is $32K, it may be surprising to find that an Optician is the most common role for Certified Opticians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Optical Manager role — which pays $40K — is also typical for Certified Opticians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Certified Opticians generally report applying a varied skill set 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 30 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

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Key Stats for Certified Optician

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲30%


Insurance
▲7%

Customer Service
▼0%

Sales
▼0%

Technical Sales
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 36%