Optician Apprentice Salary

The average Optician Apprentice in the United States earns approximately $12.33 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While some workers in this profession — just under one-half — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and roughly a fourth have dental insurance. Most Optician Apprentices report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Optician Apprentices survey respondents are women (76 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

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

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$9.71 - $16.85
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.33
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$38,000  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$20,425 - $37,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $16.85  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$20,425 - $37,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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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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As Optician Apprentices transition into upper-level roles such as Licensed Optician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Licensed Opticians earn $42K on average per year. Optician Apprentices most often move into positions as Licensed Dispensing Opticians or Opticians; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Key Stats for Optician Apprentice

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

National Average
$27,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

Sales
▼0%

National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 47%