Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States can expect wages of $15.03 per hour on average. In the world of Certified Opticians, overall income ranges from $24K near the bottom to $44K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by slightly more than half and dental coverage is claimed by about one in three. Female Certified Opticians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,343 - $49,923
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,984
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$11.27 - $20.08
(Median)
$11
$15
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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
$26,343 - $49,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,477  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$24,149 - $44,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $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 - $2,477  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$24,149 - $44,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Licensed Dispensing Optician, where median compensation is $40K annually.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Survey results show that 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Insurance. 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.


For many Certified Opticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. Certified Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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
up arrow 14%

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: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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