Dispensing Optician Salary
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.Read More...
Dispensing opticians help customers pick out the best visual aids suited to their style and needs. Usually, the prescription from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist must be consulted, and in many cases the optician will personally adjust frames so they fit the customer’s face perfectly. Repairs to eyewear may also be carried out by the optician.
Attention to detail is important in this position, and they must ensure that all eyewear meets quality standards and customers know how to take care of it. Inventory duties are often necessary to ensure that supplies and eyewear are available at all times, and they also help customers schedule appointments for eye tests when necessary. There may be sales goals to be met, and commission may be offered based on successful sales.
A high school diploma is usually a minimum requirement for this position, and some experience in the field may be necessary, whether from prior work or internships. Relevant courses are also helpful, and some positions may require dispensing opticians to hold the American Board of Optician certification, which requires passing a test.
Dispensing Optician Tasks
- Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
- Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Dispensing Optician
Although it's rare, a few Dispensing Opticians do move into roles as Retail Store Manager Opticians, where the average pay is a slightly higher $42K per year. Given that the median pay is $33K, it may be surprising to find that a Certified Optician is the most common role for Dispensing Opticians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Optical Manager role — which pays $40K — is also typical for Dispensing Opticians, though less common by comparison.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Dispensing Opticians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $45K.