Dispensing Optician Salary

Dispensing Opticians in the United States pull down an average of $15.46 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dispensing Opticians. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by close to one-half and dental insurance is reported by one-third. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,846 - $54,105
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$19K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,588
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$10.28 - $20.97
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$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,846 - $54,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,920  
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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$22,308 - $50,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $20.97  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $30.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,920  
   
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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$22,308 - $50,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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Many Dispensing Opticians move into a Retail Store Manager Optician role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $42K per year. A Certified Optician or a Licensed Dispensing Optician is a typical transition from a Dispensing Optician role.

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Professional skills reported by Dispensing Opticians are few in number. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Sales is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Dispensing Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $41K 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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

up arrow 18%

Customer Service
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 31%
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