Licensed Optician Salary

Median pay for Licensed Opticians in the United States is around $20.84 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Although the greater part have medical coverage and close to two-fifths have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Licensed Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,751 - $61,412
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,483
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50%
90%

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$15.04 - $27.43
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.84
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90%

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$0$61K
Salary $34,751 - $61,412
Bonus $518 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $1,900
Commission $582 - $8,292
Total Pay (?
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$31,898 - $61,020
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 123
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $15.04 - $27.43
Overtime $21.84 - $41.18
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $518 - $9,787
Commission $582 - $8,292
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$31,898 - $61,020
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 466

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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

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Optician


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As Licensed Opticians make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Retail Store Manager Optician position pays around the same amount as the Licensed Optician job on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Costco Wholesale Company, and Luxottica Retail Group are top-notch employers for Licensed Opticians in this area. Licensed Opticians flock to Visionworks for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $54K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Costco Wholesale Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Pearle Vision Center, where earnings of $53K, $48K, or $47K are standard for Licensed Opticians.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at LensCrafters Inc. ($42K), National Vision, Inc. ($46K), and Pearle Vision Center ($47K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Licensed Opticians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, management, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing dispensing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Troubleshooting and Optical Fabrication also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Optician has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Optician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 118 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Optician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Licensed Optician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 185 salaries. A Licensed Optician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 222 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,192

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Licensed Opticians, busy Tampa offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. Licensed Opticians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+7 percent). Licensed Opticians in Columbus earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (19 percent lower) and Louisville (17 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Licensed Optician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$45,000

▼8%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


management
▲1%

National Average
$45,000


Sales
▼3%

Optical Fabrication
▼3%

Troubleshooting
▼13%

dispensing
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%
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