Licensed Opticians in the United States take home approximately $20.09 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 77 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,138 - $60,524
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,459
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$14.68 - $26.67
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MEDIAN: $20.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,138 - $60,524  
   
Bonus
$508 - $6,013  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$604 - $9,717  
Total Pay (?
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$31,262 - $59,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $26.67  
   
Overtime
$19.37 - $39.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$508 - $6,013  
   
Commission
$604 - $9,717  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$31,262 - $59,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 451

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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 $32K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician


Licensed Opticians fill the offices of leading firms LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Pearle Vision Center, and Costco Wholesale Company. Visionworks offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $55K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Costco Wholesale Company, Pearle Vision Center, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Licensed Opticians typically earn around $53K, $47K, or $47K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at LensCrafters Inc. ($41K), National Vision, Inc. ($46K), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($47K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Licensed Opticians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Customer Service, Optical Fabrication, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing dispensing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

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


Licensed Opticians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. For Licensed Opticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $47K.

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Key Stats for Licensed Optician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries



Optical Fabrication
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National Average
$44,000

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dispensing
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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