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Certified Optician Salary

For Certified Opticians, hourly average wages total $14.93 per hour. Final cash compensation to Certified Opticians varies from around $24K to approximately $44K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $12K, respectively. Most Certified Opticians report high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, around half do receive medical coverage, and about a third have dental, as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Certified Opticians are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,741 - $49,686
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,033
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$11.09 - $19.96
(Median)
$11
$15
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,741 - $49,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,497  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,847  
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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$23,804 - $44,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $19.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$10.14 - $28.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,497  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,847  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
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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$23,804 - $44,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463

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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.

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

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Certified Opticians who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Technical Sales, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Technical Sales.

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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $38K.

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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries



National Average
$32,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries


Technical Sales
up arrow 3%

Sales
0%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%