Optician Apprentice Salary

An average Optician Apprentice in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.39 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While around half report receiving no health benefits, roughly one-half do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than a third have dental, as well. For the most part, Optician Apprentices enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Optician Apprentices make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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

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$9.73 - $17.42
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.39
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$38,000  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Commission
$75.50 - $12,714  
Total Pay (?
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$20,540 - $38,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $17.42  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$20,540 - $38,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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 $42K per year. Optician Apprentices moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Licensed Dispensing Opticians or Opticians. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Key Stats for Optician Apprentice

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

National Average
$27,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

National Average
$27,000


Sales
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 50%
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