Dispensing Optician Salary

Median pay for Dispensing Opticians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.63 per hour. Female Dispensing Opticians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. For the most part, Dispensing Opticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a little more than half have medical coverage and about two-fifths have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,594 - $56,493
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$19K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,969
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$10.22 - $22.17
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,594 - $56,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$-0.49 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,077 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $22.17  
   
Overtime
$19.92 - $32.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,077 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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Job Description for Dispensing Optician

Dispensing opticians usually work in a clinical or retail environment dedicated to the dispensing of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other visual aids. Strong customer service skills are important in this position so that customers return for future service and refer the business to their acquaintances.

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Dispensing Optician Tasks

  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.
  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.

Common Career Paths for Dispensing Optician


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While rarely seen, Dispensing Opticians sometimes transition into upper level Retail Store Manager Opticians positions, where the average income is $42K per year. Given that the median pay is $33K, it may be surprising to find that a Certified Optician is the most common role for Dispensing Opticians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Licensed Dispensing Optician role — which pays $41K — is also typical for Dispensing Opticians, though less common by comparison.

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Survey takers who work as Dispensing Opticians typically report just a few professional skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Customer Service and Sales are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $42K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Dispensing Optician Reviews

What is it like working as a Dispensing Optician?

Dispensing Optician in College Station:
"Dream Job."
Pros: I have muscular dystrophy and what I like. Is that I get to work with people in an environment that I am capable physically of working.
Cons: My bosses wife likes to cuss me out due to getting behind but doesn't want to help complete the work.

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Experience Affects Dispensing Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

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National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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