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Certified Optician Salary (United States)

A typical Certified Optician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.92 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Opticians — including $3K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $23K to $44K depending on individual performance. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in three have dental, as well. The vast majority of Certified Opticians (82 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Optician Salary (?
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$26,343 - $49,597
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MEDIAN: $35,661
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Certified Optician Salary (?
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$10.89 - $19.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,343 - $49,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,340  
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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$23,448 - $44,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $19.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$12.03 - $27.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,340  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
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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$23,448 - $44,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 517
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Job Description for Certified Optician

  • 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Licensed Dispensing Optician. Licensed Dispensing Opticians bring home $40K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician

Certified Opticians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Technical Sales, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Technical Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Opticians see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Certified Opticians typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

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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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National Average
$33,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%