Dispensing Opticians in the United States take home an average $16.22 per hour. Job satisfaction for Dispensing Opticians is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,331 - $56,673
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$21K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,910
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$10.41 - $24.97
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$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$21,331 - $56,673  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $6,097  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$973 - $5,034  
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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$22,856 - $54,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13  
Overtime
$19.92 - $37.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$496.65 - $6,097  
   
Commission
$973 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$22,856 - $54,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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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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.

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 28%

National Average
$35,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Dispensing Optician Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Sales
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Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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