Certified Optician Salary

Median pay for Certified Opticians in the United States is around $15.92 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Certified Opticians (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. The majority of Certified Opticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,220 - $64,368
$30K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,291
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$12.20 - $20.42
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MEDIAN: $15.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,220 - $64,368  
   
Bonus
$307.67 - $4,683  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$1,100 - $9,500  
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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$25,718 - $46,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $20.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14  
Overtime
$18.23 - $38.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$307.67 - $4,683  
   
Commission
$1,100 - $9,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,718 - $46,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 284

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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

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Optician


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Certified Opticians may progress into high-paying roles like Licensed Optician, where median compensation is $41K annually. The most common career progression for Certified Opticians leads to becoming an Optician, where pay is typically $32K. However, many Certified Opticians also opt to become Optical Managers, a position that pays $40K on average.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Survey results show that Certified Opticians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Sales Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $32K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $38K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Key Stats for Certified Optician

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

▲12%

▲8%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲31%


Insurance
▲7%

Customer Service
▼0%

Sales
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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