Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States take home an average $15.06 per hour. Overall incomes of Certified Opticians — including $2K bonuses, $12K profit sharing proceeds, and $6K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $24K and $44K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority (85 percent) of Certified Opticians who took the survey are female. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, over one-half have medical insurance and one-third receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,298 - $49,992
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,770
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$11.29 - $20.08
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,298 - $49,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,481  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,020  
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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$24,105 - $44,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.29 - $20.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$10.00 - $30.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,481  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,020  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $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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$24,105 - $44,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 429
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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 who transition into a Licensed Dispensing Optician role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $40K per year.

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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, Sales, and Customer Service 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.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

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


For Certified Opticians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $28K. Certified Opticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $38K.

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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
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$33,000

Insurance
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%
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