Optician Apprentices in the United States can expect wages of $12.31 per hour on average. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly two-fifths report medical coverage and about a third claim dental coverage as well. Female Optician Apprentices make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. For the most part, Optician Apprentices enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,709 - $43,747
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MEDIAN: $38,000
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$9.54 - $16.94
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$38,000  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Commission
$3,052  
Total Pay (?
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$20,250 - $37,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.54 - $16.94  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Commission
$3,052  
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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$20,250 - $37,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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.

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Optician Apprentices may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Licensed Optician. The latter position pays an average of $41K annually. When Optician Apprentices are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Licensed Dispensing Opticians or Opticians. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $5K, respectively.

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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Sales
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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