Licensed Optician Salary

Earnings for Licensed Opticians in the United States come in at around $19.44 per hour on average. Total cash incomes of Licensed Opticians run from $30K to $58K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K, profit sharing that reaches $7K, and some commissions of nearly $8K. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Licensed Opticians is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 73 percent. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$32,222 - $61,424
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,488
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$13.60 - $25.97
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,222 - $61,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,963  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
Commission
$-0.49 - $8,049  
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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$29,760 - $57,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.60 - $25.97  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $36.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,963  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $8,049  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
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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$29,760 - $57,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
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Job Description for Licensed Optician

The licensed optician's job is to interpret and execute the prescriptions written for corrective eyewear by ophthalmologists. The optician has a hybrid job - not only do they ensure that each customer gets corrective vision aids that correspond to their individual needs, but they also help in a sales capacity, recommending frames that best suit their customers.

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Licensed 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 Licensed Optician


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Licensed Opticians' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Optician. The typical income for an Optician is $31K.

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The consistently lowest paying firm is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is just $40K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $26K to $49K.


Licensed Opticians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Sales, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Experience with Sales is often linked with knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Licensed Opticians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%


National Average
$42,000

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


National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%
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