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Licensed Optician Salary

Pay for Licensed Opticians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.40 per hour. Total cash earnings of Licensed Opticians range from $30K on the low end to $57K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $7K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,094 - $61,312
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,219
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$13.55 - $25.92
(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
$32,094 - $61,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,956  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,919  
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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$29,746 - $57,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $35.93  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,956  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,919  
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).
)
$29,746 - $57,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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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For Licensed Opticians, a move to the Optician role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Opticians typically make $31K.

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Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest median salary at $38K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $26K and $48K.


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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Sales Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Opticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. On average, Licensed Opticians make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $47K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

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: 64% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%
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