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Licensed Dispensing Optician Salary (United States)

A Licensed Dispensing Optician earns an average wage of $18.16 per hour.
Licensed Dispensing Optician Salary (?
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$29,601 - $56,531
(Median)
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49K
57K
MEDIAN: $38,847
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Licensed Dispensing Optician Salary (?
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$12.96 - $24.62
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,601 - $56,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,118  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $4,008  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,221  
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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$28,204 - $54,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $24.62  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $36.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,118  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,221  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $4,008  
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).
)
$28,204 - $54,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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Job Description for Licensed Dispensing Optician

The licensed dispensing optician fits contact lens and eyeglasses for patients. Their primary responsibility is dispensing eyeglasses and contact lenses, accurately following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists and optometrists. The licensed dispensing optician works with patients to select eyeglass frames or contact lenses, and then prepares the work order for the ophthalmic laboratory technician, ensuring information on the size, material, color, and style of glasses is correct. After glasses are received from lab, the licensed dispensing optician works with patient to make adjustments by reshaping or bending frame using hands or pliers, as well as educates patients about proper care and wearing.
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Licensed 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Dispensing Optician

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Licensed Dispensing Optician Advice

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Experience Affects Licensed Dispensing Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Licensed Dispensing Optician Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 7%
Sales
up arrow 2%
National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%