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Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States take home an average $14.95 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Opticians — including $3K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $24K to $44K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in three have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Certified Opticians (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,589 - $49,567
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,984
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$11.12 - $20.03
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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
$26,589 - $49,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$23,853 - $44,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $20.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $2.15  
Overtime
$9.86 - $28.66  
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 - $2,909  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$23,853 - $44,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454

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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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Optician


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For Certified Opticians, progressing to a Licensed Dispensing Optician role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Dispensing Optician can earn $40K annually.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Certified Opticians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Technical Sales, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Insurance. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Technical Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Opticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $28K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $31K on average. Certified Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income 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
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Sales
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$32,000

Insurance
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 30%
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