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Dispensing Optician Salary

The average Dispensing Optician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.26 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by slightly more than half and dental coverage is claimed by about a third. Female Dispensing Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Job satisfaction for Dispensing Opticians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,846 - $54,105
(Median)
$19K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,878
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$10.08 - $20.74
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,846 - $54,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,804  
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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$21,424 - $50,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $20.74  
   
Overtime
$15.20 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,804  
   
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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$21,424 - $50,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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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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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. Becoming a Certified Optician or a Licensed Dispensing Optician is a common transition from a Dispensing Optician role.

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Job skills reported by Dispensing Opticians are limited. Most notably, facility with Sales and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. Dispensing Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $40K 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 8%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

up arrow 21%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 29%
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