Contact Lens Technician Salary

Most Contact Lens Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.39 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and slightly less than half earn dental coverage. Contact Lens Technicians largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$10.58 - $22.54
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$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.39
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $22.54  
   
Overtime
$22.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$500  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$22,255 - $47,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Contact Lens Technicians. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $28K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. 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 $46K.

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
61%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Contact Lens Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲52%

Experienced
▲33%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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