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Licensed Optician Salary

The average Licensed Optician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.32 per hour. Total cash compensation to Licensed Opticians approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 72 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,840 - $61,637
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,488
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$13.33 - $25.98
(Median)
$13
$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
$31,840 - $61,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $7,152  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$29,592 - $57,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $25.98  
   
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 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $7,152  
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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$29,592 - $57,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374

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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' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Optician. The typical income for an Optician is $31K.

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Job skills reported by Licensed Opticians are limited. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Sales, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $35K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $39K on average. Licensed Opticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Licensed Opticians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 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
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 27%