Licensed Dispensing Optician Salary

The average rate for a Licensed Dispensing Optician is $19.38 per hour. A skill in Customer Service is associated with high pay for this job.

$31,483 - $57,221
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,470
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$14.01 - $25.63
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,483 - $57,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,711  
Profit Sharing
$1,125  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$29,890 - $56,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.01 - $25.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.21 - $38.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,711  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$1,125  
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).
)
$29,890 - $56,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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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What is it like working as a Licensed Dispensing Optician?

Licensed Dispensing Optician in Naples:
"Working as an Optician: The Good and The Bad."
Pros: I truly enjoy working with customers. When things work out, it gives me great satisfaction knowing I've helped them. I also enjoy my fellow employees, we make a good Team.
Cons: My job is very limiting - no promotions based on merit and, the raises are a joke (my big raise was 48 cents). For the amount of time I've been an Optician and my years of Retail experience as a Manager, I am NOT paid for all of the education and experience I have.The only person making any money is the Store Manager, who is quite nasty and very unpleasant to be around. This makes going into work each day very difficult.

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Licensed Dispensing Optician in Seattle:
"Psychology and Insurance Expert?"
Do realize that you are getting into a profession that requires excellent people skills. You need to become not only an Optician but a Psychiatrist and an expert in Insurance benefits. Become a great listener and motivator to other employees around you.

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Experience Affects Licensed Dispensing Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Licensed Dispensing Optician Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Sales
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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