Optician Apprentice Salary

The average Optician Apprentice in the United States earns approximately $12.05 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.44 per hour and $16.74. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Optician Apprentices. Although slightly less than half have medical coverage and nearly one in three have dental coverage, around two in five claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Optician Apprentices who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,727 - $42,712
(Median)
$20K
$27K
$43K
MEDIAN: $27,428
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$9.44 - $16.74
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,727 - $42,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
Commission
$73.97 - $7,127  
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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$20,246 - $36,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $16.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$15.06 - $24.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
   
Commission
$73.97 - $7,127  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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).
)
$20,246 - $36,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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

  • 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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Optician Apprentices who go on to become Licensed Opticians may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Licensed Opticians is $41K annually. 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 $15K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Optician Apprentices report a focused set of job skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Customer Service and Sales are also commonly seen together.

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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

Sales
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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