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Average Optician Salary in Canada
The table below details the hourly wages for Opticians.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3231.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.
Examples of some job titles are: optician, contact lens technician and ophthalmic dispenser.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $22.15 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $16 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $32,000 – $42,000.
Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future.
Average Hourly Wages for Opticians in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*||16.00||16.00||26.44||2011|
|Edmonton – Alberta||17.00||20.15||22.54||2011|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia||12.82||18.22||24.00||2011|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||13.50||20.20||31.80||2009|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick||-||-||-||-|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||17.00||22.15||25.30||2010|
|Toronto – Ontario||13.00||21.26||28.65||2010|
|Ottawa – Ontario||13.75||22.00||26.60||2005|
|Bruce / Grey / Simcoe / Muskoka District – Ontario||19.68||22.11||25.00||2007|
|Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Listowel – Ontario||-||-||-||-|
|Prince Edward Island||-||-||-||-|
|Montreal – Quebec||12.25||16.00||20.50||2007|
|Saskatoon Area – Saskatchewan||-||-||-||-|
Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces.
The largest sector of employment for opticians is health care and social assistance. The 2013 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical, assisting and related occupations in health, which includes opticians, is $23.47. The 2013 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $787.50, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $41,000.