Optician Apprentice Salary
Earnings for Optician Apprentices in the United States come in at around $12.45 per hour on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Some workers in this field — about two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a third. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Optician Apprentices making up 74 percent. Job satisfaction for Optician Apprentices is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Hourly Rate||$10.07 - $17.41|
|Commission||$202.73 - $12,625|
|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).)
|$21,383 - $38,203|
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.Read More...
An optician will read prescriptions and fill them. Eye exams are not performed by an optician, as they are performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. However, it is important to be able to interpret the results of eye exams. Frames of glasses should be fitted to the patient’s face, and lenses should be installed that fit the prescription. Sometimes, it is necessary to repair damaged frames and lenses. The optician may be in charge of communicating with the insurance company to obtain authorization. The optician usually works in a shop or an eye care practice. The work area must be kept neat and well-organized to be appealing to customers. Often, inventory is another part of this job.
In order to become a licensed optician, it is usually essential to attend a program of study that takes up to two years and to pass a certification exam. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
For Optician Apprentices, progressing to a Licensed Optician role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Optician can earn $42K annually. Optician Apprentices moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Licensed Dispensing Opticians or Opticians. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $5K higher, respectively.
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