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    How much does Costco Opticians make?

    anyone know how much does costco optician makes? i think it's a pretty good place to work considering there are less troubleshooting to deal with.

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    I say none of us make enough for what we have to deal with.

    But, I think they pay rather well. I have heard that from a few Opticians. There was a real good thread about that a while back. I will try to dig it up for you.


    It may have been this one:

    http://www.optiboard.com/forums/show...ghlight=costco
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    You can try to contact a fellow Optiboarder=Nettie. She has worked for them, has managed for them, and has a very good take on them. Maybe PM her for specifics!

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    In California you have to be ABO and NCLE to work there so I imagine that makes the pay a bit better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genzcop View Post
    anyone know how much does costco optician makes? i think it's a pretty good place to work considering there are less troubleshooting to deal with.
    I've also heard they pay above avg. But what makes you think they have less trouble shooting? If you're dispensing lenses, you're gonna be doing some!

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    Costco pay very good salary to all emplyees. I don't know about opticians but know of a 23 year old women who makes $ 40,000 a year turning hot dogs at the food counter.
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    Around here, the managing optician makes about $90,000 and the staff opticians make about $65,000.

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    wow...$90.000 that's far better than optometrists with 8 years of schooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandLord View Post
    Around here, the managing optician makes about $90,000 and the staff opticians make about $65,000.
    WOW !!! Maybe I'll move back to Canada. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by genzcop View Post
    wow...$90.000 that's far better than optometrists with 8 years of schooling.
    There is something wrong if an optometrist is making far less than 90K.

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    Don't get too excited, I think the Cannadians have some sort of laws about the opticians have to know what they are doing.:D

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    You don't have to know what you're doing. You just have to take a 6 month course in BC. (just kidding tmorse.)

    You just have to pay your $800 a year to the College of Regulated Opticians Of Kanada. Otherwise known as the CROOK office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandLord View Post
    You don't have to know what you're doing. You just have to take a 6 month course in BC. (just kidding tmorse.)

    You just have to pay your $800 a year to the College of Regulated Opticians Of Kanada. Otherwise known as the CROOK office.
    I could do that. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by karen View Post
    In California you have to be ABO and NCLE to work there so I imagine that makes the pay a bit better.
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    My goodness - $65k/year???? I think that maybe less than 1% of managing opticians in AZ make that.

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    Hi y'all!

    I am still w/Costco, just not in Optical for the moment. In most states you start at $11.00 per hour unless you have an ABO or NCLE certification. If you have one you start at $11.50 and then get premuim pay.....$1 to $11 per hour more depending on your state.....once you get the 2nd license....and both have to be obtained within 3 years of being hired or you can no longer work in the Optical dept. Certain states like Nevada have a huge premium pay of up to $11 an hour MORE than what other states make because of their strict licensing requirements. Managers start at about $55,000.

    Less troubleshooting???? I don't know what you mean by that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nettie View Post
    Fezz.....I can't believe you still remembered me! I feel so special!:D

    You are an Optiboarder AND you know the beauty of Eagles Mere-of course you are special!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandLord View Post
    There is something wrong if an optometrist is making far less than 90K.
    I'm making less than 90K! Quite a bit less. And there's nothing wrong. The lowest paid ODs out there are the ones that are in employ by other private practice ODs, and that's how I work. However, I have lots of freedom to set my own schedule, no business management issues, etc. I'll sacrifice the pay to save the headaches!
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    [quote=LandLord;223902]You don't have to know what you're doing. You just have to take a 6 month course in BC. (just kidding tmorse.) quote]

    Actually we prefer that our students have no optical experience, as it is often difficult to break bad habits. And correction... , you have to PASS our 6-month course in BC.:bbg:

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    [quote=peregrinerose;223998]I'm making less than 90K! Quite a bit less. And there's nothing wrong. The lowest paid ODs out there are the ones that are in employ by other private practice ODs, and that's how I work. However, I have lots of freedom to set my own schedule, no business management issues, etc. I'll sacrifice the pay to save the headaches![/quot


    I hope you are only working 2 days a week to be making so little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peregrinerose View Post
    I'm making less than 90K! Quite a bit less. And there's nothing wrong. The lowest paid ODs out there are the ones that are in employ by other private practice ODs, and that's how I work. However, I have lots of freedom to set my own schedule, no business management issues, etc. I'll sacrifice the pay to save the headaches![/quot


    I hope you are only working 2 days a week to be making so little.

    Nope, I am working 4.5 days a week. What I make is about on par for private practice ODs employed by ODs in the area that I live. If I worked in corporate optometry, I could make double my income, but prefer the freedom of private practice. The cost of living here is also pretty low.
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    [quote=peregrinerose;224082]
    Quote Originally Posted by kws6000 View Post


    Nope, I am working 4.5 days a week. What I make is about on par for private practice ODs employed by ODs in the area that I live. If I worked in corporate optometry, I could make double my income, but prefer the freedom of private practice. The cost of living here is also pretty low.
    If you're happy, that's the main thing. I know of a dentist in my area that was making over $500K and he was so miserable he gassed himself to death.

    Look, a number is just a number. If you're a female OD with an ophthalmologist husband and no kids, then, 50 grand is going to be plenty.

    But if you're the main breadwinner and have 6 kids, it's going to be a very tight budget.

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