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Certified Optician Salary (United States)

Certified Opticians in the United States take home an average $14.95 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Opticians — including $3K in bonuses and $11K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $24K to $44K depending on individual performance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Opticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Certified Opticians are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Optician Salary (?
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$26,062 - $49,258
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MEDIAN: $35,042
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Certified Optician Salary (?
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$10.94 - $19.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,062 - $49,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $11,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,201  
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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$23,515 - $43,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $19.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$11.07 - $28.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,201  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $11,000  
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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$23,515 - $43,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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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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Certified Opticians who go on to become Licensed Dispensing Opticians may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Licensed Dispensing Opticians is $40K annually.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician

Certified Opticians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Technical Sales, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Technical Sales.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Certified Opticians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $38K.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

National Average
$32,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Technical Sales
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National Average
$32,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 27%