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 Winnipeg – Manitoba at $21.50 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

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Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 21.00 27.00 31.00 2019
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 21.00 27.00 31.00 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 19.23 23.50 42.00 2018
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 21.50 30.00 2018
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1) 16.00 25.16 33.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 16.00 25.16 32.00 2018
Toronto – Ontario 17.00 28.85 40.00 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 15.00 27.00 34.50 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 15.00 27.00 34.50 2018
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 15.00 27.00 34.50 2018
Prince Edward Island(3) 15.00 24.00 34.50 2018
Montreal – Quebec 16.25 24.00 30.00 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan(1) 12.51 22.15 30.63 2018

Methodology

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

Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces.

Comparison with employment group

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes opticians, is $29.87. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,094 giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $57,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 10,000 opticians working in Canada.

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