Contact Lens Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.97 per hour. Although one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, slightly more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Contact Lens Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,500 - $45,020
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$31K
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MEDIAN: $31,100
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$10.03 - $21.44
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$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$31,100  
   
Bonus
$500  
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$21,210 - $45,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $21.44  
   
Overtime
$22.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$500  
   
Commission
$2,100  
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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$21,210 - $45,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Contact Lens Technician

The position of a contact lens technician does not require long and extensive training, as experience often comes from working in similar retail positions. These technicians must always expand on their optical knowledge as they work with customers to fulfill their needs, and they also assist doctors in providing quality customer service and responsiveness. This may include helping customers choose suitable brands and help them learn to successfully insert and remove contact lenses.

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Contact Lens Technician Tasks

  • Educate patients about proper hygiene and care.
  • Instruct patients to insert and remove contact lenses.

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Pay by Experience Level for Contact Lens Technician

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


For many Contact Lens Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $27K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. Contact Lens Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $46K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Contact Lens Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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