Licensed Opticians represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $25.00 per hour — though Licensed Dispensing Opticians, Retail Supervisors, and Opticians also do fairly well at around $24.00, $16.46, and approximately $13.34, respectively. Financial compensation for Optometric Technicians is rather low — on average only $10.06 — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Average pay is about $17.63 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest fraction of Visionworks people (53 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn approximately $11.15 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $18.99 per hour) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; Phoenix, Ariz. ($18.26), the company's headquarter city of San Antonio, Texas (about $15.64), and Indianapolis, Ind. ($13.52) are the next top-paying cities. At $9.90, Syracuse, N.Y. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Visionworks pays its Massachusetts employees the most; the pay rate there is $23.60 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an American Board of Optometry Certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $39.26 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Visionworks workers who hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) are also well compensated, earning $25.00 on average.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Sales Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $17.85 per hour. One of the more prevalent skills at Visionworks is Customer Service, with a majority considering it a key competency. Sales, Insurance, and Optometry were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Visionworks; the company rewards only a third of survey participants with paid vacation time and only 19 percent with sick leave. To plan for old age, over one-half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the larger part of workers, and the larger part of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 2 paid personal days, and free drinks.