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Licensed Optician Salary (United States)

Licensed Opticians in the United States take home an average $18.92 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Licensed Opticians make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just under a half have dental, too. Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Licensed Optician Salary (?
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$31,831 - $60,059
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MEDIAN: $44,007
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Licensed Optician Salary (?
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$13.10 - $25.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,831 - $60,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,937  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $4,253  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,787  
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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$29,071 - $56,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $25.65  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $36.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,937  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $4,253  
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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$29,071 - $56,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 340
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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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Licensed Opticians note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Sales Management, Sales, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Experience with Sales is often linked with knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Licensed Opticians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Licensed Opticians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Licensed Opticians will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$42,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries

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National Average
$42,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%