Certified Optician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Certified opticians must work directly with customers to help with frame selection and to provide contact lens services. Since opticians work directly with customers, they must have outstanding customer service skills. They must also have excellent communications, interpersonal, and sales skills. They are required to recommend ophthalmic frames, lenses, and lens coatings. Certified opticians must have an outstanding sense of style since they will recommend various eye glasses frames that are suitable to individual clients' faces. They take clients' frame and contact lenses measurements. Depending on the size of their companies, certified opticians are often required to have thorough knowledge of vision insurance and knowledge of billing for vision plans. Certified opticians prepare work orders for labs. They repair, adjust, and refit eye glasses frames. They must be available to consult with clients and provide instructions on caring for clients' eyeglasses or contact lenses. They maintain displays and inventory of optical merchandise. They may be required to train new opticians.
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
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.