Certified Optician Salary

Median pay for Certified Opticians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.41 per hour. In the world of Certified Opticians, total cash compensation ranges from $24K on the lower end to $45K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $3K and profit sharing that approaches $12K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $6K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, around half report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. The vast majority (87 percent) of Certified Opticians who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Opticians. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,550 - $51,633
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,901
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$11.34 - $20.32
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,550 - $51,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,176  
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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$24,249 - $45,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $20.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.49  
Overtime
$9.93 - $29.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,176  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $11,920  
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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$24,249 - $45,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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For Certified Opticians, progressing to a Licensed Dispensing Optician role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Dispensing Optician can earn $41K annually.

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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, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance. Most people who know Customer Service also know Technical Sales and Sales Management.

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 incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $38K.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries


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$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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