Dispensing Optician Salary

The average Dispensing Optician in the United States earns approximately $15.63 per hour. While around one in four report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and around two in five have dental, as well. Women make up the majority of Dispensing Opticians (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,594 - $56,493
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$19K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,969
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$10.22 - $22.17
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,594 - $56,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$22,077 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $22.17  
   
Overtime
$19.92 - $32.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$22,077 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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.

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Dispensing Optician Tasks

  • 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 who move on to become Retail Store Manager Opticians may enjoy significant pay raises, as Retail Store Manager Opticians get paid an average of $42K per year. The most common career progression for Dispensing Opticians leads to becoming a Certified Optician, where pay is typically $33K. However, many Dispensing Opticians also opt to become Licensed Dispensing Opticians, a position that pays $41K on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dispensing Optician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $27K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $33K. For Dispensing Opticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $42K.

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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
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Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

up arrow 12%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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