Average Optician Apprentices in the United States make around $12.38 per hour. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but more than a third have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optician Apprentices. Most Optician Apprentices survey respondents are women (77 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,709 - $43,747
$38K
MEDIAN: $38,000
50%

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$9.53 - $16.75
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$38,000  
   
Bonus
$750  
Commission
$75.50 - $12,714  
Total Pay (?
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$20,255 - $37,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $16.75  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$750  
   
Commission
$75.50 - $12,714  
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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$20,255 - $37,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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Job Description for Optician Apprentice

An optician apprentice is a licensed optician who is just starting out in the trade. The apprentice will work under the supervision of an experienced licensed optician, an optometrist, and/or an ophthalmologist. This apprentice will often work directly with customers and will help them select glasses and contacts. Strong knowledge of the products available is essential to be able to recommend stylish and comfortable models of glasses. Strong customer service and communication skills are essential to successfully work with clients.

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Optician Apprentice Tasks

  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.
  • Under direction of Optician or physician, design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.

Common Career Paths for Optician Apprentice


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At the upper end, Optician Apprentices who move into a Licensed Optician role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Licensed Opticians is a much higher $41K per year. Optician Apprentices typically move into roles as Licensed Dispensing Opticians or Opticians, and those positions pay $14K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Key Stats for Optician Apprentice

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

Customer Service
0%

Sales
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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