Certified Optician Salary

Certified Opticians in the United States take home approximately $16.20 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Certified Opticians (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little less than one-half report medical coverage and approximately one in three claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Certified Opticians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,861 - $65,188
$29K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $39,732
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$12.37 - $21.39
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$16
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MEDIAN: $16.18
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$0$65K
Salary $28,861 - $65,188
Bonus $279.85 - $4,033
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $1,007 - $6,953
Total Pay (?
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$26,041 - $46,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $12.37 - $21.39
Hourly Tips $2.70
Overtime $18.26 - $32.78
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $279.85 - $4,033
Commission $1,007 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$26,041 - $46,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 306

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Job Description for Certified Optician

Certified opticians must possess an American Board of Optometry (ABO) board certificate. The certification will demonstrate that they are qualified to provide quality services in their field. These opticians are generally required to have at least a bachelor's degree in a related field. They must keep up with new developments in their industry and use their knowledge to provide high-quality service.

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Certified Optician Tasks

  • 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.
  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.

Common Career Paths for Certified Optician


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While not commonly seen, Certified Opticians who transition into a Licensed Optician position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Licensed Opticians is $42K per year. An Optician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Certified Opticians. Paychecks for that role are $32K on average. The Optical Manager position is another common transition for Certified Opticians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $40K mark.

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Popular Skills for Certified Optician


Certified Opticians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Office Management, Sales Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Technical Sales and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Optician

Pay by Experience for a Certified Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Certified Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 100 salaries. A Certified Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 103 salaries.

Certified Optician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Optician?

Certified Optician in Dallas:
"I löves my job."
Pros: Very satisfying job for me. I love to help people who needs my help. I love serving my purpose to educate people regarding their eye-health issues. We only have a pair of eyes so I don't see why people shouldn't be concern about their eye-health.
Cons: Controlling up line. Managers or Manageress who isn't understanding. Demanding and illogic expectation of sales. Wish there was lesser stress and more flexibility and understanding.

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Key Stats for Certified Optician

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Certified Optician Salaries

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Certified Optician Salaries

Office Management
▲29%


Insurance
▲5%

National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Sales
▼1%

Technical Sales
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 34%
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