Dispensing Optician Salary

The average Dispensing Optician in the United States earns approximately $15.14 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dispensing Opticians making up 71 percent. Most Dispensing Opticians report high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, half do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,170 - $54,105
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$22K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,106
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$10.03 - $20.68
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$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,170 - $54,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,740  
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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$21,547 - $49,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.68  
   
Overtime
$15.15 - $30.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,740  
   
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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$21,547 - $49,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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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. A Dispensing Optician may also move into a role as a Certified Optician or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Survey takers who work as Dispensing Opticians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Sales and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dispensing Opticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $27K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $32K. Dispensing Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $40K.

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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

up arrow 22%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

National Average
$32,000

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
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 30%