Dispensing Optician Salary

Dispensing Opticians in the United States can expect wages of $15.96 per hour on average. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and roughly two-fifths have dental insurance. Dispensing Opticians survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction for Dispensing Opticians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,532 - $76,522
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$77K
MEDIAN: $40,900
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$10.21 - $24.89
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MEDIAN: $15.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,532 - $76,522  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $6,020  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$979 - $5,034  
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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$22,741 - $55,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $24.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13  
Overtime
$19.50 - $38.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$498.33 - $6,020  
   
Commission
$979 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$22,741 - $55,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Dispensing Optician


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Dispensing Opticians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Retail Store Manager Optician, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $42K per year. A Certified Optician role is the most common promotion for Dispensing Opticians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $33K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Dispensing Opticians is an Optical Manager position, where earnings are usually $40K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


Dispensing Opticians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $33K on average. For Dispensing Opticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $46K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Dispensing Optician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dispensing Optician

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Dispensing Optician Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

National Average
$35,000

Experienced
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

National Average
$35,000

▼4%

Customer Service
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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