Licensed Optician Salary

Licensed Opticians in the United States pull down an average of $19.76 per hour. The final incomes of Licensed Opticians generally vary between $31K and $58K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $5K, $7K, and $9K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than half have dental, as well. The majority of Licensed Opticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (73 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,478 - $60,994
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,989
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$14.32 - $26.04
(Median)
$14
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,478 - $60,994  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,871  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
Commission
$3.30 - $9,308  
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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$30,507 - $58,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $26.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.33  
Overtime
$17.44 - $37.85  
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 - $4,871  
   
Commission
$3.30 - $9,308  
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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$30,507 - $58,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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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 not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Retail Store Manager Optician. Retail Store Manager Opticians on average make about as much as Licensed Opticians do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


The biggest paychecks can be found at National Vision, Inc. — the median salary there is $46K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Licensed Opticians who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Sales Management, Sales, and dispensing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like dispensing. Most people familiar with Sales also know Customer Service.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. Licensed Opticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries



Sales
0%

National Average
$43,000

dispensing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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