Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States take home approximately $15.15 per hour on average. The final incomes of Certified Opticians generally vary between $24K and $44K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $2K, $12K, and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Certified Opticians who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little more than half and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Opticians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,298 - $49,992

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$11.31 - $20.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,298 - $49,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,061  
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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$24,135 - $43,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $20.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$9.79 - $29.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,061  
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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$24,135 - $43,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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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As Certified Opticians transition into upper-level roles such as Licensed Dispensing Optician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Licensed Dispensing Opticians earn $40K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Survey takers who work as Certified Opticians usually report a few specific 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. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Certified Opticians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $38K on average.

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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
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Sales
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Customer Service
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National Average
$33,000

Insurance
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 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
32%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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