Contact Lens Technician Salary

Most Contact Lens Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.22 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly more than half, and slightly less than half earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$10.89 - $24.09
$11
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.22
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $24.09  
   
Overtime
$22.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$22,989 - $50,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Contact Lens Technician

Pay by Experience for a Contact Lens Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Contact Lens Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Contact Lens Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Contact Lens Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 12 salaries. A Contact Lens Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 6 salaries.

Key Stats for Contact Lens Technician

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Contact Lens Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲44%

Experienced
▲27%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 15%