Earnings for Certified Opticians in the United States come in at around $15.86 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, just under one-half do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. The vast majority of Certified Opticians (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Certified Opticians report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,923 - $64,873
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,229
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90%

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$12.10 - $20.35
(Median)
$12
$16
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,923 - $64,873  
   
Bonus
$307.67 - $4,683  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$1,010 - $7,907  
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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$25,500 - $45,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $20.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14  
Overtime
$17.62 - $37.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$307.67 - $4,683  
   
Commission
$1,010 - $7,907  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$25,500 - $45,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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 go on to become Licensed Opticians may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Licensed Opticians is $41K annually. Given that the median pay is $32K, it may be surprising to find that an Optician is the most common role for Certified Opticians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Optical Manager role — which pays $40K — is also typical for Certified Opticians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Sales Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For Certified Opticians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $33K on average. Certified Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Office Management
up arrow 30%


Insurance
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
0%

Sales
0%

National Average
$34,000

Technical Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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