When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $23.86 per hour) can be spotted in Levittown, N.Y.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ($16.09), Merrillville, Ind. ($14.00), and the company's headquarter city of San Antonio, Texas (approximately $13.65) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Portland, Ore. at around $11.25. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Georgia, where they average to $20.23 per hour.
Years of Experience
Average pay is around $14.38 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of Visionworks folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average about $11.56 per hour.
Optical Laboratory Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $16.55 per hour — though Retail Sales Supervisors, Opticians, and Optometric Technicians also do fairly well at $15.50, $15.00, and approximately $11.47, respectively. Retail Sales Associates are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $10.00.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Opticians earn around $21.03 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Visionworks workers who hold a medical degree are also well compensated, earning $46.75 on average.
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 about $18.09 per hour. A common skill in Visionworks' work force is Customer Service; a little more than half of survey participants report using it on the job. Sales, Optometry, and Insurance round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Visionworks gives paid vacation days to two-fifths of respondents and sick leave to 28 percent. Visionworks sponsors a 401(k) program, and the vast majority of survey participants use this option to save for their retirement. Perks cover health insurance for a strong majority of survey participants and dental coverage for a fair number of survey participants. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, malpractice / liability insurance, and flexible hours.