Optician Apprentice Salary

An average Optician Apprentice in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.97 per hour. Female Optician Apprentices far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Optician Apprentices is high. Some workers in this field — one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$9.29 - $16.47
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $23.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
Commission
$98.63 - $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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$19,985 - $34,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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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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 $40K 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 $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. Sales is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

up arrow 7%

Customer Service
0%

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
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 34%
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