Dispensing Optician Salary

Median pay for Dispensing Opticians in the United States is around $15.89 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. Female Dispensing Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,608 - $77,869
$21K
$38K
$78K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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$10.22 - $24.57
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MEDIAN: $15.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,608 - $77,869  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$963  
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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$22,702 - $54,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $24.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13  
Overtime
$4.69 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,500  
   
Commission
$979 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$963  
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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$22,702 - $54,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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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Dispensing Opticians who transition into a Retail Store Manager Optician role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $42K per year. Dispensing Opticians most frequently advance into Optician and Certified Optician roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

Pay by Experience for a Dispensing Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Dispensing Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 51 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dispensing Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Dispensing Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 31 salaries. A Dispensing Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 38 salaries.

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
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Dispensing Optician Salaries

▲35%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

National Average
$34,000

▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 28%
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