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Dispensing Optician Salary

An average Dispensing Optician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.87 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dispensing Opticians. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and slightly less than a third have dental, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dispensing Opticians making up 73 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$22,064 - $50,905
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MEDIAN: $36,437
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$9.96 - $20.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,064 - $50,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
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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$21,081 - $49,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.75  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $31.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
   
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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$21,081 - $49,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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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As Dispensing Opticians make advancements in their career path to roles like Retail Store Manager Optician, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Retail Store Manager Opticians will make $42K annually. It is not unusual for a Dispensing Optician to become a Certified Optician or a Licensed Dispensing Optician.

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Dispensing Opticians note just a narrow range of job 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 4 percent, respectively.

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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $26K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. Dispensing Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Dispensing Opticians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

Sales
up arrow 22%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 29%