Optometrists earn the highest median pay at $46.75 per hour, followed by Optical Laboratory Managers (around $16.55), Retail Sales Supervisors (approximately $15.50), and Opticians (about $15.00). On the lower end are Retail Sales Associates at $10.00 on average.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $14.23 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (41 percent) have been working for one to four years and make approximately $11.37 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($17.55 per hour) can be spotted in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Merrillville, Ind. ($14.00), the company's headquarter city of San Antonio, Texas (around $13.60), and Memphis, Tenn. (about $13.50) are the next top-paying cities. Portland, Ore. ranks low on the pay scale — at $11.25, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across Visionworks' U.S. offices, employees in the state of Georgia earn the most, taking home around $20.23 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Opticians, who make approximately $21.03 per hour. At Visionworks, employees who hold a Doctor of Optometry (OD) receive the highest pay at $46.75.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Sales Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $18.09 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill in the Visionworks workforce; close to one-half of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Other top skills include Sales, Optometry, and Insurance.
Benefits and Perks
Only two in five workers at Visionworks enjoy paid vacation time, and just 28 percent can take sick leave. Most workers save for retirement through Visionworks' 401(k) plan. A solid majority of survey participants receive health insurance, and the larger part of workers get dental coverage. Other privileges include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, malpractice / liability insurance, and flexible hours.