The average hourly pay for an Optician in Canada is C$21.42.
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What Do Opticians Do?
Opticians assist customers who require vision tests, prescriptions, repairs, and, in some cases, minor eye surgery; essentially, they helps customers determine which prescription they require and assist with any other questions or needs that they may have. Opticians use a piece of equipment called an phoropter to measure the depth of vision that each customer has, and then they are able to determine exactly which prescription the customer needs. Other equipment is also used, including a tonomet…Read more
Job Satisfaction for Optician
Popular Employer Salaries for Optician
The top respondents for the job title Optician are from the companies FYI, LensCrafters Inc. and Hakim Optical. Reported salaries are highest at Costco Wholesale Company where the average pay is C$27.50. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include LensCrafters Inc. and Loblaw's, earning around C$23.97 and C$22.00, respectively. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays the lowest at around C$15.40. Hakim Optical and Iris The Visual Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying C$16.35 and C$19.07, respectively.
What Are Popular Skills for Opticians?
Skills in Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Insurance, Optical Fabrication, Sales and Customer Service.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Opticians?
An entry-level Optician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$16.70 based on 8 salaries. An early career Optician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$18.88 based on 160 salaries. A mid-career Optician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$22.53 based on 103 salaries. An experienced Optician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$23.24 based on 98 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$24.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Optician in their job title in Ottawa, Ontario earn an average of 30.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (8.8% more) and Toronto, Ontario (1.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Victoria, British Columbia (13.5% less), Vancouver, British Columbia (7.6% less) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (6.6% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 466 survey responses.