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Optician Apprentice Salary

Optician Apprentices in the United States pull down an average of $11.93 per hour. Women make up the vast majority of Optician Apprentices (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Optician Apprentices like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although one-third lack health benefits of any kind, nearly one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in three get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$9.22 - $16.45
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $22.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $750  
   
Commission
$99.33 - $7,102  
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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$19,903 - $34,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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Job Description for Optician Apprentice

  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Optician Apprentice


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Advancing into a Licensed Dispensing Optician role seems to be a popular career move for Optician Apprentices, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $40K per year. Career advancement for the typical Optician Apprentice often leads to becoming a Licensed Optician or an Optician; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Optician Apprentices who took the survey. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Sales is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 34%
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