Certified Optician Salary (United States)

Pay for Certified Opticians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.92 per hour. Overall compensation packages to Certified Opticians range from $23,448 on the low end to $44,418 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $2,883 and profit sharing that approaches $9,696, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $7,340. About a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and around one third claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Certified Opticians is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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For Certified Opticians, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Licensed Dispensing Optician will earn $7,728 more than someone not as far along in their career.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician

Survey results show that Certified Opticians typically report just a few professional skills. Sales Management and Technical Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 3 percent respectively. 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.
Certified Opticians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $28K to $31K. Pay amounts to $35K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Certified Opticians encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $38K annually. Certified Opticians with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

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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

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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%