Optician Salary Canada

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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 (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $24.12 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $17.33 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $35,000 – $45,000.

The government forecasts that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Opticians in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 17.5024.1231.202015
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 17.5024.1231.202015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 10.2520.4731.912011
Winnipeg – Manitoba 13.2823.0038.502013
Fredericton – New Brunswick
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.0320.8528.902011
Toronto – Ontario 15.7522.6032.002014
Ottawa – Ontario(1) 15.7522.6032.002014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 15.7522.6032.002014
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 15.7522.6032.002014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 17.3522.0026.502014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan10.2017.3327.392011


Examples of opticians’ duties:
›› Arranging for lenses to be made to suit clients’ prescriptions
›› Shaping and fitting lenses to frames
›› Assisting clients in selecting eyeglasses
›› Advising on use and care of contact lenses

Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces.

Comparison with employment group

The largest sector of employment for opticians is health care and social assistance. The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes opticians, is $25.65. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $966, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $50,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 8,000 opticians working in Canada.

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