Licensed Optician Salary
Average Licensed Opticians in the United States make around $19.99 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Licensed Opticians survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Licensed Opticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
The technical part of the licensed optician's job involves writing accurate work orders for lens preparation and frame installation for lab workers who execute them. The optician then ensures that the eyeglasses conform exactly to the prescription and help ensure a comfortable fit for the patient; they also typically check the vision of the patient with the corrective eyewear. A licensed optician also must be able to make regular adjustments to eyeglass frames to ensure continued comfort, as well as make routine repairs as necessary. In a sales capacity, the licensed optician is expected to talk to customers to discover any unique needs or requirements. The optician then helps the customer to select frames and lens treatments that meet their needs. They also assist customers in understanding proper care and maintenance for their eyewear.
To work as a licensed optician, a high school diploma or equivalent and relevant postsecondary training in a vocational or technical school is required. Licensing requires passing certification tests and may entail continued education throughout their career.
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Optician
LensCrafters Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, National Vision, Inc., Luxottica Retail Group, and Costco Wholesale Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Licensed Opticians. Licensed Opticians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Visionworks, where the average salary comes to $54K. Licensed Opticians will also find cushy salaries at National Vision, Inc. (+$54K), Costco Wholesale Company (+$53K), and Pearle Vision Center (+$48K).
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include LensCrafters Inc. at $41K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where $46K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Licensed Opticians there earn up to $57K.
Popular Skills for Licensed Optician
Professional skills reported by Licensed Opticians are few in number. 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.
For many Licensed Opticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $41K. Licensed Opticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.