Licensed Optician Salary

Licensed Opticians in the United States can expect wages of $19.40 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Licensed Opticians — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $57K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (74 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,287 - $61,363
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,352
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$13.59 - $25.86
(Median)
$14
$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
$32,287 - $61,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,966  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
Commission
$-0.49 - $8,072  
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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$29,760 - $57,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$17.66 - $36.17  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,966  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $8,072  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $7,047  
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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$29,760 - $57,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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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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Offering a median salary of only $40K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $26K to $49K isn't that wide, either.


Survey takers who work as Licensed Opticians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Customer Service, and dispensing are correlated to pay that is above average. Dispensing and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is not unusual for someone who knows Sales to be familiar with Sales Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Optician

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


For many Licensed Opticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. Licensed Opticians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $46K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Optician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


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 4%

dispensing
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
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: 27%
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