Licensed Optician Salary

Licensed Opticians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.35 per hour. Cash earnings for Licensed Opticians — including $4K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $57K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. For the most part, Licensed Opticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 73 percent. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,710 - $61,304

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$13.65 - $25.82

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,710 - $61,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,983  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $7,102  
Commission
$0.36 - $8,095  
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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$29,698 - $57,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.65 - $25.82  
   
Overtime
$17.66 - $36.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,983  
   
Commission
$0.36 - $8,095  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $7,102  
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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$29,698 - $57,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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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 may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Optician. The average pay for an Optician is $31K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


Salary cannot be beat at LensCrafters Inc., where median pay comes to $46K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $33K, and the higher end is not far away at $56K.


Job skills reported by Licensed Opticians are limited. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Customer Service, and dispensing are correlated to pay that is above average. Dispensing and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Sales and Sales Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

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


For many Licensed Opticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $46K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Licensed Optician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Optician in Flagstaff:
"Optician Mentor available."
Shadow the person in your office with the most optical experience, especially with one that has prior " bench work experience.

Licensed Optician in Columbus:
"The Challenge Of Advancement In Certain Retail Markets."
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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

dispensing
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 28%
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