Licensed Optician Salary
Licensed Opticians in the United States take home approximately $20.09 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 77 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
The technical part of the licensed optician's job involves writing accurate work orders for lens preparation and frame installation for lab workers who execute them. The optician then ensures that the eyeglasses conform exactly to the prescription and help ensure a comfortable fit for the patient; they also typically check the vision of the patient with the corrective eyewear. A licensed optician also must be able to make regular adjustments to eyeglass frames to ensure continued comfort, as well as make routine repairs as necessary. In a sales capacity, the licensed optician is expected to talk to customers to discover any unique needs or requirements. The optician then helps the customer to select frames and lens treatments that meet their needs. They also assist customers in understanding proper care and maintenance for their eyewear.
To work as a licensed optician, a high school diploma or equivalent and relevant postsecondary training in a vocational or technical school is required. Licensing requires passing certification tests and may entail continued education throughout their career.
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician
Licensed Opticians fill the offices of leading firms LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Pearle Vision Center, and Costco Wholesale Company. Visionworks offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $55K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Costco Wholesale Company, Pearle Vision Center, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Licensed Opticians typically earn around $53K, $47K, or $47K, respectively.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at LensCrafters Inc. ($41K), National Vision, Inc. ($46K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($47K).
Popular Skills for Licensed Optician
Licensed Opticians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Service, Optical Fabrication, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing dispensing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Sales Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Licensed Opticians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. For Licensed Opticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $47K.
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