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Licensed Optician Salary

The average Licensed Optician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.42 per hour. Total incomes of Licensed Opticians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $57K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While roughly one in four report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than half have dental, as well. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (72 percent). The majority of Licensed Opticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,967 - $61,471
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,488
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90%

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$13.47 - $25.91
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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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
$31,967 - $61,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,956  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $7,102  
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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$29,627 - $57,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $36.01  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,956  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,919  
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).
)
$29,627 - $57,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379

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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 who take an Optician role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Opticians is usually $31K.

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Licensed Opticians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Sales, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Sales and Sales Management are also commonly seen together.

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 $36K. For Licensed Opticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Licensed Opticians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

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
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%
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