The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Optician with Customer Service skills in Chicago, Illinois is $16.48.
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Job Description for Optician
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
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Optometry, Billing and Sales.
Pay by Experience Level for Optician
An early career Optician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.87 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Optician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.42 based on 8 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Optician in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 33.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Memphis, Tennessee (17.6% more) and San Diego, California (6.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (12.4% less), Austin, Texas (7.5% less) and Houston, Texas (5.9% less).
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