Optician Apprentice Salary

An average Optician Apprentice in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.93 per hour. The vast majority of Optician Apprentices (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Optician Apprentices, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, approximately half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$9.29 - $16.45

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $23.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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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$19,996 - $35,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 move on to become Licensed Dispensing Opticians may enjoy significant pay raises, as Licensed Dispensing Opticians get paid an average of $40K per year. Licensed Opticians or Opticians are common next-step roles for Optician Apprentices moving up in their careers; annual pay for Licensed Opticians is $15K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Opticians.

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Survey takers who work as Optician Apprentices usually report a few specific skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Sales.

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Experience Affects Optician Apprentice Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Optician Apprentice Salaries

up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 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
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 35%
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