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Important factors to consider when attempting to advance one's career in the optician industry and maximize earning potential.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE OPTICIAN SALARY What is an Optician? • Retail Optical Specialists • Help Select Frames • Collect Eye and Face Measurements • Repair Damaged Eyewear • Resolve Customer Complaints • Make Lens Customizations • Administrative Duties Median Earning Potential • Between $30,000 and $45,000 per year • Varies Depending on… 1. Education 2. Training 3. Experience 4. Geographic Location 5. Type of Employer 6. Role Within the Establishment 7. Salary Structure Education and Training • Only About Half of All States Have Requirements • May Include a Two-Year Degree • Most Often Involves an Apprenticeship • Supervised Training in Local Business • Duration Depends on State Regulations • Must Register Before Beginning • Expectations Vary in Unregulated States • May Only Involve In-House Training • Could Include ABO Certification Experience • Preferred by Most Employers • Results in Less Cost for the Employer • Fewer Mistakes • Familiar with the Profession • May Benefit from Administrative Assignments Geographic Location • Coastal States Pay More • Urban Areas Pay More • Areas of High Demand May Pay More • Midwest Pays Less • Rural Areas Pay Less • Areas of Low Demand Pay Less Type of Employer • Large National Chains • Small Local Boutiques • Pay Often Depends on Volume • Highly Variable • Should Match Personality Salary Structure • Commission May Pay Better • Most Often Salaried • Bonuses Based on Performance • May be Influenced by Products • Can be Negotiated References • http://www.opticiantraining.org/optician-salary/
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