Dispensing Optician Salary

Dispensing Opticians in the United States can expect wages of $15.50 per hour on average. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, close to one-half do receive medical coverage, and about one in three have dental, as well. Most Dispensing Opticians report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dispensing Opticians making up 71 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,846 - $54,105
(Median)
$19K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,588
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$10.31 - $20.91
(Median)
$10
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,846 - $54,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,904  
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,365  
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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$22,410 - $50,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $20.91  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $31.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,904  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $10,365  
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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$22,410 - $50,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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Job Description for Dispensing Optician

  • 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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Advancing into a Retail Store Manager Optician role seems to be a popular career move for Dispensing Opticians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $42K per year. A Dispensing Optician often moves on to become a Certified Optician or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Dispensing Opticians report a narrow range of specific 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.

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 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

up arrow 19%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 31%
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