New Zealand Optician Salaries

Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications.

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are dispensing optician, optician and registered dispensing optician.

New Zealand has a shortage of opticians and as a result employment prospects are good.

Dispensing Opticians are registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board and must maintain an Annual Practising Certificate.

As at 31 March 2017, there are currently 175 dispensing opticians registered in New Zealand holding current practising certificates.

Trainee opticians start with a salary of around $35,000 – $40,000. After several years’ experience earnings typically range between $45,000 and $75,000.

For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2017 was $30.68 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $60,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Optician Salaries / Wages in 2018

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Optical Assistant / Dispensing Optician17 – 25 per hourRodney and North Shore, Auckland
Optical Consultant / Administrator32,000 – 45,000Auckland
Trainee Dispensing Optician33,000 – 36,000Auckland
Dispensing Optician / Optical Assistant35,000 – 50,000Hamilton
Optical Assistant18 – 22 per hourNapier
Junior Dispensing Optician36,000 – 43,000Wellington
Experienced Dispensing Optician45,000 – 65,000Wellington
Optician42,000 – 62,000Christchurch

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