Optometrists rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $46.75 per hour; Optical Laboratory Managers come in second with average earnings amounting to $16.55, while Opticians and Retail Sales Supervisors rank near the top as well ($15.83 and around $15.50, respectively). Retail Sales Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $10.00.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $23.86 per hour) can be spotted in Levittown, N.Y.; Milwaukee, Wisc. (about $17.55), Pittsburgh, Pa. ($16.09), and the company's headquarter city of San Antonio, Texas ($13.65) are the next top-paying cities. Portland, Ore. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $11.25. The highest pay by state can be found in Georgia, where pay average out at approximately $20.23 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to around $14.38 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Visionworks employees (44 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $11.50 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Optician certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $21.49 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Visionworks provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) — these employees rake in $46.75 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Sales Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $18.09 per hour. A relatively widespread skill at Visionworks is Customer Service; around half of employees use it for work. Many workers are also familiar with Sales, Optometry, and Insurance.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about 44 percent receiving paid vacation and close to a third of workers receiving sick leave. The vast majority of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Visionworks sponsors. Health insurance is part of the package for a strong majority of respondents, and for a majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, malpractice / liability insurance, and flexible hours.