Dispensing Optician Salary

Median pay for Dispensing Opticians in the United States is around $15.62 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Dispensing Opticians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little more than half report medical coverage and nearly one in three claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,846 - $54,105

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$10.05 - $21.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,846 - $54,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,936  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,414  
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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$21,300 - $50,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $21.39  
   
Overtime
$16.97 - $30.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,936  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,414  
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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$21,300 - $50,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Many Dispensing Opticians move into a Retail Store Manager Optician role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $42K per year. Becoming a Certified Optician is, more often than not, the most common role that Dispensing Opticians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Certified Optician is $32K. Another frequent advance is for Dispensing Opticians to assume a Licensed Dispensing Optician role; in this role, workers often take home $40K.

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Dispensing Opticians note just a narrow range of job skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Sales is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


Dispensing Opticians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $27K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. Dispensing Opticians bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

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Customer Service
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 29%
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