Licensed Optician Salary

The average Licensed Optician in the United States earns approximately $20.22 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Opticians making up 75 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,791 - $59,995
$35K
$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $46,300
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$14.74 - $26.62
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MEDIAN: $20.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$34,791 - $59,995  
   
Bonus
$507 - $8,170  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$604 - $8,354  
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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$31,423 - $59,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $26.62  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $40.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$507 - $8,170  
   
Commission
$604 - $8,354  
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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$31,423 - $59,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 442

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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

  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
  • 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.

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


LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Costco Wholesale Company, and Luxottica Retail Group are among the top companies that take on many Licensed Opticians. For Licensed Opticians, comfortable salaries can be found at Visionworks; in fact, median earnings sit around $54K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Costco Wholesale Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Pearle Vision Center, where Licensed Opticians typically earn around $53K, $48K, or $47K, respectively.

Workers at LensCrafters Inc., National Vision, Inc., and Pearle Vision Center also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $46K, and $47K respectively.

Popular Skills for Licensed Optician


Licensed Opticians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, management, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Dispensing and Troubleshooting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,998

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Licensed Opticians in Tampa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Licensed Opticians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Miami (+5 percent), and Phoenix (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (17 percent lower) and Louisville (15 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Licensed Optician

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$44,000

▼6%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Licensed Optician Salaries


management
▲4%


Sales
▼0%

Optical Fabrication
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

Troubleshooting
▼11%

dispensing
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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