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					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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Description: Important factors to consider when attempting to advance one's career in the optician industry and maximize earning potential.
About I have been providing eye wear services as an optician for the past several years and I thoroughly enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction that comes from helping people improve their vision.