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 $27.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $21.12 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $40,000 – $55,000.

The government forecasts that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future. Employment growth (expansion demand) is expected to represent one third of job openings, due to the the aging population.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Opticians in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 20.0027.0031.252017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 20.0027.0031.252017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia
Winnipeg – Manitoba 12.2522.6630.832016
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1)14.0022.9534.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1)14.0022.9534.002016
Toronto – Ontario 11.8524.0433.002016
Ottawa – Ontario(1) 11.8524.0433.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.8524.0433.002016
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 11.8524.0433.002016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 17.3522.0026.502014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan14.5021.1226.632016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes opticians, is $28.23. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1005, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $52,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 14,000 opticians working in Canada.

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